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.


  • Time Capsule Moving to Museum

    Time Capsule Moving to Museum

    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 the Developmental Center grounds just southwest of the Gillette Building, and the metal letters from the facility’s sign […]

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  • Museum Closing for Maintenance – Jan 1-8, 2023

    Museum Closing for Maintenance – Jan 1-8, 2023

    We’re exhausted! The museum has been open to the public for over a year, AND has been trying to get all the behind-the-scenes processes in working-order as well. So, we’re going to take a tiny break. The Jacksonville Area Museum will be closed the week of January 1 – 8, 2023 for maintenance. Then, we’ll […]

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  • Building with Brick, The Art of Lego

    Building with Brick, The Art of Lego

    ‘Building with Brick, The Art of Lego’ displays the talents of area Lego artists for a limited time at the Jacksonville Area Museum.  All entries will be on display from Wednesday, December 7, 2022 through Saturday, February 4, 2023, with the public voting on their favorites in the three categories until February 1. The winning […]

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