The most Unique historic community in Central Illinois.

Jacksonville was a beacon of education and service in the early history of the United States, and that shining history still exists in our community today. The museum was established in the 1980s, and moved to its new home in the old Jacksonville Post Office in 2021. The beautiful federal-style structure is the perfect location to showcase our ever-growing collection to tell our community’s compelling stories.

The Museum is also the home of the MacMurray College archive collection, which is on long-term loan from the MacMurray Foundation for preservation, display and interpretation.

We invite you to visit the Jacksonville Area Museum, and start your journey of discovery of West Central Illinois.

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Nice Threads! The History of J. Capps & Sons, Ltd.

Learn more about this new exhibit on Jacksonville’s notable clothing manufacturer. This exhibit is currently on display on an open-ended run at the museum.


  • “Night at the Museum: Living Wax Legends” November 8 and 15

    “Night at the Museum: Living Wax Legends” November 8 and 15

    The Jacksonville Area Museum will come to life with special first-person portrayals of historic local residents during “Night at the Museum: Living Wax Legends” to be presented on successive Wednesdays, November 8 and 15. The November 8 presentation will be for museum members only, with the November 15 presentation intended for the general public. “Night […]

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  • Dominican Sisters exhibit opens April 1

    Dominican Sisters exhibit opens April 1

    A temporary exhibit highlighting the 150-year history of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, including their beginnings in Jacksonville, opens on Saturday, April 1 at the Jacksonville Area Museum in downtown Jacksonville. The exhibit may be seen through July 31, 2023. “Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois: Celebrating 150 years for the Life of the World” consists […]

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  • Time Capsule Moving to Museum

    Time Capsule Moving to Museum

    NOTE: THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR RESCHEDULED DATE IN THE FUTURE Several key items on the old Jacksonville Developmental Center grounds will be retrieved and taken to the Jacksonville Area Museum on Friday, March 24 starting at noon. The items include the time capsule buried during 1997 on […]

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