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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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. 




Owls with Anita Purves Nature Center

​​Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: ​Saturday, July 28th

Time: 10:00 AM

Cost: Free!

The Anita Purves Nature Center will be visiting the museum so you can learn all about owls! The program, "Who-o-o Knows," allows kids to meet a live screech owl and learn about these Illinois native birds of prey. Free to attend! All ages welcome.

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