Nauvoo Restoration Located on a bend of the Mississippi River just south of the Iowa border. One of America’s premier historic communities with more than 40 historic sites from the 1840 time period. Established in 1839 by early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Visit a blacksmith shop, a tin shop, a bakery, print shop, post office, and brickyard. Guides dressed in period clothing are at most locations. All sites, tours, shows, and rides are free. Get a gingerbread cookie at the bakery, a souvenir brick at the brickyard and a ring made from a horseshoe nail at the blacksmith shop.
Carthage Jail - Visit the restored Carthage Jail, where Joseph Smith, the first President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his brother Hyrum were martyred. You can also tour the visitors' center and walk through the beautiful gardens, where a life-size statue of Joseph and Hyrum pays tribute to the brothers.
Western Illinois Museum - Preserving the Heritage of Western Illinois through displays from the past, the Museum collects, preserves, studies, interprets and exhibits significant materials relating to the region of Western Illinois.
Joseph Smith Historic Center - Tour the family properties of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The sites include the homestead, mansion house, red brick store and grave sites of Joseph, Emma, and Hyrum Smith.
Discovery Depot Children's Museum - A fun place for children to interact and learn. Have fun while learning! Something for all ages.
Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center - This museum and heritage center offers tours, a restored barn, grandfather house, and an agricultural museum among prairie grass and native trees. Includes a historical and genealogical library, as well as, Mennonite museum and archives that are very handicapped accessible.
Jacksonville Theatre - Serves as a showcase for community talent and as major theatrical resource for West Central Illinois The whole family can come and enjoy performing arts.
Dickson Mounds Museum - One of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an awe inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience in the Illinois River Valley.
Peoria Art Guild - As the oldest community arts center in the state of Illinois, Peoria Art Guild exhibits works by local, regional, national, and international artists.
Peoria Zoo - Peoria Zoo is home to over 100 species of exotic animals from around the world.
Prairie Land Heritage Museum - Come and see antique farm machinery, farming methods of the past, steam engines and crafts. Several buildings to tour with lots of heritage to learn about.
Orpheum Theatre - Founded in 1916, The Orpheum has become an entertainment landmark in Galesburg. Called the "Jewel of Galesburg," The Orpheum serves as a place for arts, entertainment and education in the community.
Illinois Ballet - Founded in 1999, Illinois Ballet exists to elevate the art of dance, expand public awareness of dance, provide increased professional opportunities for Illinois dancers, and enrich and strengthen a professional ballet company that resides in Peoria and tours locally and nationally.
Celebration River Cruises - Celebration Belle in Moline, is a deluxe, 800-passenger, four-deck riverboat excursion vessel on the Upper Mississippi River. The scenic cruises on the Mississippi River take you through some of the area's most historically rich locations.
Corn Stock Theatre - Features musicals, comedies, dramas and 5 shows throughout the summer.
Galesburg Railroad Museum - The museum consists of and outdoor display of Historic Engines and an indoor Museum with Artifacts, Memorabilia and model trains.
i wireless Center - This event center sponsors a wide variety of entertainment. Concerts, comedians, sporting events, and family entertainment.
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Features art & science exhibitions, Children's Discovery Center, Planetarium, Illinois Folk Art Gallery, Illinois River Decoy, and Illinois Jacquard Coverlet exhibit, Museum Store and more.
Playcrafters Barn Theatre - With a history going back to the 1920's, Playcrafters remains a vibrant, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit community organization that continues to entertain area patrons with top notch theatre.
Carl Sandburg Historic Site - It contains a museum, a museum shop, a small theater where several informative videos about Carl Sandburg are shown and a renovated "barn" which is actually a small theatre with a few more exhibits and where live performances are often held. The museum contains hundreds of artifacts and modern colorful displays appropriate for all ages.
Three Sisters Park - Visit this living history farm with lots of activities going on all the time. Festival areas, interpretive center, craft village, outdoor amphitheater, and more.
Museum of Geology - Founded in 1975, the Museum of Geology is an arm of Western Illinois University's Department of Geology. Originally conceived as a learning resource center for students enrolled in the natural sciences, it also serves the general public and is dedicated to cultural enrichment and public understanding of Earth Sciences.
Wheels O'Time Museum - There is something in this vast collection that will appeal to every interest, age or gender. Exhibits include automobiles, fire engines, railroad, clocks, vintage clothing and dolls.