Civil War Era Firearms Exhibit

​​Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: ​Open during normal business hours

 Come see a large, private collection of Civil War Era firearms. The firearms will remain on long-term display at the museum after the opening. the display was put together by the Sons of Union Veterans and various private collectors. ​​


Kids' Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash


​​Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: Saturday, April 28th

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cost: Free!

Histories for Kids, Inc. is coming to the museum for a Happy Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash! 

On December 3, 2018, the great state of Illinois will be 200 years old! A birthday this monumental cannot go uncelebrated. This program will discuss everything from Illinois’ early years, historical happenings, famous Illinoisans, as well as supplemental online information on Illinois counties as the big date draws closer. It’s Gonna Be a Party!

The program is being given by Histories for Kids, Inc.'s Terry Lynch. Lynch specializes in historical portrayal and storytelling for children of all ages. His one man interactive presentations give audiences a new, first person perspective on the people and events that make up our history and culture.

With a Histories for Kids, Inc. program remember, history happens when you least expect it! Free and open to all ages.​

Building Rentals

Interested in renting out the Museum for an event or even just a short meeting? We rent out our main exhibit space for all kinds of events from short business meetings to large fundraising events.  Our exhibit cases are all on wheels and can move off the floor.  We also have a full kitchen, dinner service sets, flatware, dishes, banquet tables, and chairs that are available for you to use. If you are interested in renting the building for your event, please call us at 217-235-2535 or email us at douglascountymuseum@hotmail.com.  Download the rental form and send it along with your request.

Rental Form



The Museum offers a variety of events and programs throughout the year.  We  host speakers on local historical topics, have larger events with local musicians  and exhibit openings, host craft workshops, give tours and much more!  Information on rentals is at the bottom of this page.  

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Paint Like Me! PArty Pour Class



Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: Monday, April 16th

Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM

Cost: $35

Join us for some fun! On Monday, April 16th at 6:30 PM, we are hosting Paint Like Me Party at the museum for a fun acrylic paint pour class. This is a fundraiser for us as well. The cost is $35.00 for the class. You will get some basic info on pouring and create a masterpiece. Ages 12 and up. Science and art combined! How cool is that?! You must buy your tickets ahead of time. 

Buy tickets here: http://www.paintlikemeparty.com/sign-up-now-1.html