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Elgin Area Historical Society Museum

360 Park St., Elgin, IL 60120


Housed in an 1856 landmark building, permanent exhibits include artifacts from the Elgin National Watch Co. and Elgin Road Race memorabilia.

The Elgin History Museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building known as Old Main that was once part of the Elgin Academy campus. The building was designed in the Greek Revival style. The museum has a staff that helps welcome visitors to the museum, educates the public about Elgin history and assists with research inquiries. The Elgin Area Historical Society, which was founded in 1961, is a thriving organization that operates within the museum. Through permanent and changing exhibits, the museum brings to life Elgin’s rich heritage. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm.

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