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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RECENT & ONGOING EXHIBITS

Building with Brick – The Art of LEGO

The talents of area LEGO enthusiasts will once again be on display with “Building with Brick – The Art of LEGO.” The exhibit includes a three-foot replica of the ill-fated Titanic, the amazing Concord supersonic airliner in flight, an operational typewriter made of LEGOs, a haunted hotel with an operational elevator that drops, and many more remarkable builds.

The exhibit will run through the end of February, 2024.


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.

News

  • Museum closed March 3-16, 2024

    Museum closed March 3-16, 2024

    The Museum will be closed temporarily from March 3 – March 16, 2024 for maintenance.The museum will reoepen on March 17, 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience, and plan to see you soon at the museum!

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  • Building with Brick – The Art of LEGO” returns to Jacksonville Area Museum

    Building with Brick – The Art of LEGO” returns to Jacksonville Area Museum

    The talents of area LEGO enthusiasts will once again be on display when the “Building with Brick – The Art of LEGO” exhibit opens Saturday, December 2 at the Jacksonville Area Museum. The exhibit will run through the end of February, 2024. The exhibit includes a three-foot replica of the ill-fated Titanic, the amazing Concord…

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  • LAST CALL! LIVING WAX LEGENDS

    LAST CALL! LIVING WAX LEGENDS

    Got your tickets?!!? Time is running out! The Jacksonville Area Museum’s “Night at the Museum: Living Wax Legends,” featuring special first-person portrayals of historic local residents and a sneak preview of the museum’s exciting new phase of development, will return for a final time on Wednesday, November 15. The first “Night at the Museum,” offered…

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