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  Download the rental form and send it along with your request.

Rental Form


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. 


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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Preserving family heirlooms


​​Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: March 22nd, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM

Cost: Free

 The Douglas County Museum's 2018 Annual Meeting to be held 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 22 at the museum. This meeting is free and open to the public. Our program during the meeting will be "Preserving Family Heirlooms."

One hundred years from now, do you have photos, items or documents that you will want to still be around for future generations? Up to twenty-five attendees at the Annual Meeting will be selected by our director for suggestions on the preservation and storage of an item. 

Please make sure your item is portable and you are able to transport it yourself. Also, make sure it doesn't pose a heath hazard to others (such as mold). Any materials are fine including books, fabric items, documents, photos, etc. As a museum, we do not do appraisals as we are concerned with the history of items. We will not assign a monetary value to any item brought in. We will not cover restoration, but will focus on preventative care of items. Questions? Just ask!