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Discovery Center Museum
Discovery Center Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA



Cantigny Park
Cantigny Park Top Attraction!
Museum in Wheaton, IL USA

This 500-acre park offers vast formal gardens, picnic grounds, a top-ranked public golf course and two museums: Robert R. McCormick Museum and Cantigny First Division Museum. Enjoy a wide variety of programs and events throughout the year.

Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion
Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Museum in Champaign, IL USA

Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion is the second largest Art Museum in Illinois. While hosting galleries ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photography, KAM also offers 12-15 changing exhibitions each year. As the second largest Art Museum in Illinois, Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion is home to over 9,000 works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photography.

Rockford Art Museum
Rockford Art Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

Illinois' largest art museum outside of Chicago with over 1,500 works of art; noted for its permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century American art, plus dynamic and changing exhibits featuring regional and national artists. Gift store. Illinois' largest art museum outside of Chicago with over 1,500 works of art; noted for its permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century American art, plus dynamic and changing exhibits featuring regional and national artists.

Burpee Museum of Natural History
Burpee Museum of Natural History Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

The award-winning exhibit, Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur, explores the history of the young T. rex skeleton found by Burpee researchers in the badlands of Montana, called one of the ten most important dinosaur discoveries in the past 100 years.


Exploration Station...A Children's Museum
Exploration Station...A Children's Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Kankakee, IL
Museum in Bourbonnais, IL USA

This children's museum is a must-see attraction in Perry Farm Park. Little imaginations grow big in this world of discovery and make-believe.

Children's Museum Oak Lawn
Children's Museum Oak Lawn things to do on a rainy day in Chicago, IL
Museum in Oak Lawn, IL USA

Discover a world of fun and learning at the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn! Explore fun and educational exhibits.

Ethnic Heritage Museum
Ethnic Heritage Museum things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

Six nationalities that helped shape the cultural region are represented in this home museum, built in 1850. Galleries: African American, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Hispanic. Six nationalities that helped shape the cultural region are represented in this home museum, built in 1850.

Exploration Station
Exploration Station things to do on a rainy day in Kankakee, IL
Museum in Bourbonnais, IL USA

Exploration Station...a children's museum is a hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families, teachers and care givers. At Exploration Station, children can climb inside the tower of a medieval castle, fly a jet plane, sail on a pirate ship, dig for dinosaurs, become a store clerk, drive a tractor and much more. Available for birthday parties, slumber parties, and special group events.


Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum
Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum things to do on a rainy day in Illinois
Museum in Pontiac, IL USA

History of the Mother Road in Illinois The Illinois Route 66 Museum has artifacts, photos, videos, and more. The history of Route 66 in Illinois and the City of Pontiac is on display. Bob Waldmire Road Yacht, VW van, and a collection of his art works are part of the adventure. Donation only admission.

Kankakee Railroad Museum
Kankakee Railroad Museum things to do on a rainy day in Kankakee, IL
Museum in Kankakee, IL USA

Experience railroad history at the Kankakee Railroad Museum See large operating, running model train displays and railroad memorabilia within Kankakee's restored train depot. The museum also features a scale model replicating the city of Kankakee during the 1950's.

Klehm Arboretum
Klehm Arboretum
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

Tour this 155-acre "living museum filled with spectacular gardens and rare trees with a guide or on your own. A 1.8 mile, handicapped-accessible paved path winds through the arboretum plus many secondary, chipped trails. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 155-acre "living museum filled with spectacular gardens and rare trees.

Manteno Historical Society Museum
Manteno Historical Society Museum things to do on a rainy day in Kankakee, IL
Museum in Manteno, IL USA

Experience the past at the Manteno Historical Society Museum The museum features a one-room schoolhouse and restored horse-drawn doctor's buggy. In 1991 the one-room Bloom School House from Blue Gull Road in Rockville Township was moved to the Museum grounds and restored.

Naper Settlement - Outdoor History Museum
Naper Settlement - Outdoor History Museum
Museum in Naperville, IL USA

History comes to life at Naper Settlement, a 12-acre museum village with 30 historic structures, including a Victorian mansion, fort, chapel, one-room schoolhouse and working blacksmith and print shops. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.

P.A.S.T. Heritage House and Lincoln-Douglas Debate Site
P.A.S.T. Heritage House and Lincoln-Douglas Debate Site things to do on a rainy day in Illinois
Museum in Jonesboro, IL USA

Summer Sunday Afternoons June through October on Sundays from 1:30-3:30. One room of the 1847 home is devoted to items about the Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Jonesboro in 1858. The site of the debate is only 1/2 mile from museum on N. Main St.

Spring Into New Museum Exhibits
Spring Into New Museum Exhibits things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

Six Ethnic Galleries display cultural exhibits!

The Spurlock Museum
The Spurlock Museum things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Museum in Urbana, IL USA

The Spurlock Museum showcases the people and places of our world with a special emphasis on heritage through members of individual cultures and communities. The Spurlock Museum houses five different galleries that showcase the people and places of our world. Its emphasis on heritage through members of individual cultures and communities allows visitors an inside look into humanity.

Tinker Swiss Cottage
Tinker Swiss Cottage things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

A rare example of Victorian exotic architecture, this 1865 Swiss cottage, was built by early Rockford industrialist and Rockford mayor Robert Tinker.

Wheels O' Time Museum
Wheels O' Time Museum things to do on a rainy day in Peoria, IL
Museum in Peoria, IL USA
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Displays antique vehicles and many other antique items Wheels O' Time has three large buildings containing about 50 antique and collector autos, fire engines, trains, airplanes, bicycles, tractors, as well as clocks, musical devices and instruments, tools, toys, vintage clothing, farm equipment and much more.

Ethnic Heritage Museum
Ethnic Heritage Museum things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

Holiday Traditions to see in Six Ethnic Galleries

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