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Decatur Area Museums & Art Galleries


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The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum (AACGS)

 


235 W. Eldorado St.
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 429-7458
www.african-americancultural.org

AACGS promotes and provides resources and education on the history of the African American. Embracing all cultures, it offers (in part), genealogy workshops, museum displays, storytelling, essay & poetry contests and the promotion of Cultural Arts. Three main annual community events sponsored are Black History Month, Juneteenth National Freedom Day, and Kwanzaa Celebration.

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The Birks Museum

Millikin University
1184 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 424-6337
https://www.millikin.edu/location/birks-museum

Two sisters’ love of decorative arts gave birth to a sparkling spot of beauty on the campus of Millikin University, their alma mater.

The sisters’ interest was not limited to glass and porcelain. Other unusual items they donated include a brilliantly detailed Japanese bridal kimono and exquisite pieces of turn-of-the- century furniture by Emil Galle and Gustav Stickley. The museum has also become home for other collections, including the Chinese art objects of the late Mr. and Mrs. Guy Scovill.  The museum is located on the second floor and is not ADA accessible.

Contact the university for hours and group tour information. Free admission.

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Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum

3635 US Route 36 East
1-(888) 926-9843 or (217) 454-4583
www.chevrolethalloffamemuseum.com

A museum of Chevrolet automobiles combining various race cars, Indy 500 Pacecars, and original unrestored examples of some of their finest automobiles built. This is all combined with one of the most extensive Chevrolet memorabilia collections ever viewed by the public. It is a must-see experience for automobile or racecar buffs!

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Children’s Museum of Illinois

55 S. Country Club Road
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-5437
www.cmofil.org

 

 

Children’s Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum for children ages two to twelve, with exhibits and activities that complement and enhance children’s educational opportunities. The Museum is located on the shores of Lake Decatur in Scovill Park, adjacent to Scovill Zoo.

It is ranked as one of the top 25 children’s museums in the United States.

Closed all major holidays

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Hieronymus Mueller Museum

420 W. Eldorado
Decatur, IL 62523
(217) 423-6161
www.muellermuseum.org

You can’t turn on your faucet, go roller skating, get a drink at a public fountain or drive your car without thinking about Hieronymus Mueller. Visit this interesting and award-winning museum, showcasing all this amazing inventor’s contributions to modern technology! Decatur’s “unsung genius” held over 500 patents. Among this exceptional facility’s treasures is the seventh of only eight cars manufactured by Mueller.

Special group tour rates and appointments are available

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Macon County Museum Complex

5580 North Fork Road
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 422-4919
www.mchsdecatur.org

The Prairie Years and Victorian Era in Central Illinois come to life in exhibits at the Macon County History Museum. “The Lincoln Connection Exhibit” tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Decatur and Macon County, and displays one of only two matching chairs that Lincoln owned and used in his Springfield, IL law office. Extensive Lincoln papers and reference materials can also be found in the Museum’s library.

The Prairie Village on the museum grounds is home to such historic buildings a replica of the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced in the 1830′s, an 1850’s log house, an 1860’s one-room school, a smithy and a print shop.

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The Staley Museum

361 N. College Street
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 422-1212
www.staleymuseum.com

Housed in the restored Staley Mansion, the Staley Museum preserves the history of the A. E. Staley Family, the Staley Historic Home and the A. E. Staley Manufacturing Co., especially as it pertains to the history of the city of Decatur and the larger agricultural community. The Museum serves as a repository of information, historical documentation and memorabilia, as well as a cultural and educational contributor to the community of Decatur.


Art Galleries

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Anne Lloyd Gallery

The Madden Arts Center
125 N. Water Street
Decatur , IL 62523
(217) 423-3189
www.decaturarts.org

The warm, welcoming and slightly funky Madden Arts Center is a richly renovated hub where the Decatur Area Arts Council makes its home. The building houses galleries, classrooms, an art shop, photo lab and rehearsal spaces. The Anne Lloyd Gallery showcases local exhibits as well as extraordinary traveling collections. The gallery spotlights an International Arts Experience exhibition over an 8-week period each summer.

This gallery participates in the “First Friday” art walks by hosting receptions that trademark the arts community in Decatur’s quaint and historic downtown.

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Blue Connection Gallery

In the Madden Arts Center
117 N. Water Street
Decatur, IL 62523
(217) 428-0112
www.millikinblueconnection.com

The “Art of Entrepreneurship” program (of which the Blue Connection Gallery is an integral part) has been developed to unite the strengths of two of Millikin’s Professional Schools: the Tabor School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. You will find all types of art displayed at The Blue Connection. Be sure to stop in and browse. Who knows…a promising student’s work purchased today, could turn out to be a valuable masterpiece tomorrow!

This gallery participates in the “First Friday” art walks by hosting receptions that trademark the arts community in Decatur’s quaint and historic downtown.

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David Erlanson Gallery

Richland Community College
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 875-7211
www.richland.edu

The David Erlanson Art Gallery is located in the center of the Richland Community College campus and is used to display artwork of students, faculty, and professional artists. Each month, a new artist is featured and the public is invited to a reception honoring the artist.

This intimate space showcases a wide range of works from regional artists, while enhancing the college’s art program. Exhibits rotate monthly, and highlights include an annual student art show in May.

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Decatur Public Library

Second Floor Gallery
130 N. Franklin Street
Decatur, IL 62523
(217) 424-2900
www.decatur.lib.il.us

The Second Floor Gallery, in partnership with Gallery 510, showcases local and regional artwork year-round. Frequently local and national traveling exhibits are displayed. In conjunction with the featured exhibits the library presents topic-specific programs and events.

 

 

 

 

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Gallery 510

160 East Main Street
Decatur, IL 62523
(217) 422-1509
www.gallery510.org

In 2005, Gallery 510 sold its original home at 510 West Decatur Street, and Gallery 510 Arts Guild, Ltd. moved into downtown Decatur for increased visibility and service to participating artists.

Located a few steps around the corner from the Madden Arts Center, this gallery is a cooperative venue for professional and emerging artists, displaying varying works from paintings and sculptures to glass, textiles, pottery and fiber art.

This gallery participates in the “First Friday” art walks by hosting receptions that trademark the arts community in Decatur’s quaint and historic downtown.

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Kirkland Galleries & Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Millikin University
1184 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 424-6318
www.millikin.edu/art

Three galleries on the Millikin University Campus feature changing artist exhibits during the academic year. The Perkinson Gallery and The Lower Gallery display works from Millikin student artists and nationally-known artists.

 

 

 

Rock Springs GalleriesNorth & South Galleries at Rock Springs Nature Center

3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 423-8606
maconcountyconservation.org/rock-springs-nature-center/

View works created by local artists in various media and inspired by the natural world around them. The North and South galleries are located inside Rock Springs Nature Center.

 

Rock Springs ExhibitExhibits at Rock Springs Nature Center

3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 423-8606
maconcountyconservation.org/rock-springs-nature-center/

Visit the A. E. Staley Exhibit Hall at Rock Springs Nature Center for changing exhibits on wildlife, history, and crafts throughout the year. Explore the nature center’s permanent exhibit, Prairie, Forest, River: The Natural Treasures of Macon County, to see and hear the world of plants and animals and understand our relationship with the natural resources of Macon County.