DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E Wesley Street, Wheaton, IL 60187 - United States
The DuPage County Historical Museum is housed in what was formerly known as the Adams Memorial Library. The building was erected in 1891 by John Quincy Adams as a gift to the community of Wheaton in memory of his late wife, Marilla Phipps Adams. Designed by Charles Sumner Frost in the Richardsonion Romanesque style, the building was added to the National Register in 1981. In the 1960s the DuPage County Historical Society recognized the availability of the building as a new and more spacious library was being erected. In 1967 the building opened as the DuPage County Historical Museum.
The Museum functions as the only institution dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the material culture documenting the county of DuPage, Illinois. The collections represent artifacts collected by the DuPage County Historical Society since 1929 as well as artifacts collected by the Museum since its founding in 1965.
Enduring Values in a Changing Landscape
Journey through 150 years of history, from the settlement of DuPage County through the celebration of the 1989 sesquicentennial year. From major events to the smallest details of daily life, learn about the richness of life in DuPage County. Watch the mini documentary, "The Changing Face of DuPage," and listen to a soldier's fascinating Civil War experiences.
All Aboard and HO Gauge Model Railroad
All Aboard features artifacts and historical information on railroads in DuPage County. Located in the same space is the HO Gauge Model Railroad compliments of the DuPage Society of Model Engineers. The detailed layout covers over 2,000 feet of track and highlights some of DuPage County's railroads and landmarks in a landscape blending fact and fantasy. The model railroad is always on display and has a pushbutton activated train loop for visitors to enjoy when the Society is not operating the layout. The Engineers operate the entire railroad on the third and fifth Saturday of the month.
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