1520 Commerce Lane
Joliet, IL 60431
Phone: (815) 730-1111
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Arts & Museums
This historical house that was erected way back in 1882 is now the P. Seth Magosky Museum of Victorian Life & Joliet History. This museum conserves and displays collection pertaining to the Victorian era and historical heritage of Joliet region. Check website for details.
Isle a la Cache Museum is a local museum that gives an insight into the trading customs and traditions of the bygone era. Period costumes, mock trading for children where they can actually experience barter system and much more awaits you here. For more details, check website or call ahead.
Built in 1861, the Lemont Methodist Episcopal Church is a historic landmark on Lemont Street in Lemont, Illinois. It holds significance by being a community activities center, and was also used as a recruiting depot during World War I. The architecture of the building finds inspiration in that of New England Churches replete with a bell tower and spire. It was listed on the National Register in 1986.
A 12 acre (4.85 hectares) outdoor history museum in Naperville, Illinois, The Naper Settlement consists of 30 historical buildings and structures, including the Martin Mitchell Mansion, a 12 room house and a schoolhouse. What sets this place apart from other museums is the highly interactive participation here, as guides are dressed in period costumes, even adopting the accents of those times, making the experience a lot more realistic. There are also frequent re-enactments of historical events and battles and other themes like Haunted Nights. The place is a delight for kids, who get to learn while having fun.
Located in a historic 1894 fire station, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum preserves and promotes the history of fire departments in the city. Artifacts and memorabilia are on display, as well as interactive exhibits that educate and entertain children and adults alike. They also organize workshops in fire safety and prevention. The museum is open for walk-in visitors from Thursdays to Saturdays between 1:00p to 4:00p.
The DuPage Children's Museum uses play to stimulate interest among children in maths, science and the arts. The museum offers creative programs for schools, parents and teachers. Children have access to the exhibits and can play games. Adults and parents can use the library for reading and study material and books on child rearing and positive parenting. Explore their store to buy educational gifts and toys.
This museum is the former home of prominent Chicago businessman William Tanner. Curator Dennis Buck hopes to offer an interpretation of the home, as it existed in the 1870-90s, when the Tanner family resided here. Several rooms are available for viewing, and each is meant to portray a realistic picture of how the family lived. The decor is updated throughout the year to reflect the changing seasons. On occasion, the house is designed to show how the family might have prepared for a funeral or wedding. The gas light fixtures are retrofitted to run on electricity these days, but the architecture of the house is well preserved and evokes a by-gone era. The Aurora Historical Society also operates an archive here, displaying photos in every medium from glass plate negatives to tintypes. The museum also holds many archival records from the city, the courts and local businesses. Genealogical research is the primary day-to-day function of the museum.
The celebrated Farnsworth House acts as a fine example of modernist domestic architecture. It was constructed between 1945 and 1951. The house spans over a 60-acre (24-hectare) estate in close proximity to the Fox River that flows through the south of Plano City, Illinois. It is basically a one-room weekend retreat and predominantly a glass and steel structure. The finely-created 1500 square-foot (139 square-meter) house is broadly accepted as a masterpiece defining International Style of architecture. The striking design and landscaping makes for a great backdrop to plan an event. Catering services and provision for beverages is made in the house from excellent caterers.
Previously used as a showroom of the Excelsior Brick Company, the Gregg House now operates as a museum. The historic structure was built in 1872 and displays the Victorian style of architecture. It is operated by the Westmont Historical Society, which strives hard to preserve and protect it. The property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.