The Great River Road - Our Regions

Museums & Educational Sites

This area of Illinois has been inhabited for more than 12,000 years. Discover Native American cultures, like the Mississippians at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and the Sauk and Fox at Black Hawk State Historic Site. Celebrate the contributions of French, German and Dutch settlers at Fort de Chartres, Historic Maeystown, and the Windmill Cultural Center. Explore the region’s Civil War contributions at the Galena History Museum and U.S. Custom House Museum. The history of the river is told at interpretive sites like the Mississippi River Museum & Interpretive Center and the National Great Rivers Museum. From people to places, experience the byway at these informative destinations.


1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

1930s Agriculture Museum

A. B. Safford Memorial Library

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

Albany Mounds State Historic Site

Alexis Phelps House

All Wars Museum

Alton Museum of History and Art

Apple River Fort State Historic Site

Bald Knob Cross of Peace

Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail

Black Hawk State Historic Site & Hauberg Indian Museum

Butterworth Center & Deere Wiman House

Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Campbell's Island State Memorial

Carthage Jail & Visitors' Center

Center for American Archeology

Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum

Collinsville Historical Museum

Colonel Davenport House

Confederate Prison

De Immigrant Windmill

Deere & Company World Headquarters

Dowling House

Dr. Richard Eells House

East Alton History Museum

Edwardsville Children's Museum

Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site

Elizabeth History Museum

Family Living Center

Fort de Chartres State Historic Site

Fort Defiance State Park

Fort Edwards Memorial

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

Fountain Bluff

Fryxell Geology Museum

Galena & U. S. Grant Museum

Galena Main Street

General John A. Logan Museum

Glen Carbon Heritage Museum

Governor Coles State Memorial

Gramercy Park

Hampton Heritage Interpretive Center

Haskell Playhouse

Hauberg Estate

Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library

Henderson County Courthouse

Henderson County Covered Bridge

Henderson County Museum

Heritage Canyon

Historic Maeystown

Historic Makanda Boardwalk

Historic Nauvoo

History Museum of Monroe County

Holy Family Log Church

Jarrot Mansion State Historic Site

John Deere Harvester Works

John Deere Pavilion

John Deere Seeding Group

John Wood Mansion

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial

Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (KCT)

Kibbe Museum

Labor & Industry Museum

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

Lewis Round Barn

Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center

Lovejoy State Memorial

Madison County Historical Society Museum & Archives

Magnolia Manor

Martin House Museum

Mary's River Covered Bridge

Midcentury Modern Architecture Museum

Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center

Mississippi River Visitor Center

Mound City National Cemetery

National Great Rivers Museum & Melvin Price Locks and Dam

New Boston Museum

O'Fallon Historical Society Museum & Archives

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Old Market House State Historic Site

Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street

Owen P. Miles Museum

Piasa Bird

Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site

Popeye Museum and Spinach Can Collectibles

Quad City Botanical Center

Quincy Architecture Tours

Quincy Museum

Randolph County Museum & Archives

Red Bud Area Museum

Rheinberger House Museum

Robert Wadlow Statue

Rock Island Arsenal Museum

Savanna Museum & Cultural Center

Schneidewind Barn Museum

The Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

The Flood Museum

The History Museum on the Square

The Old Blacksmith Shop

Thebes Courthouse

Thomson Depot Museum

Tower Rock

Treehouse Wildlife Center

U.S. Custom House Museum

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site

Villa Kathrine

Village of Elsah Museum

Weld House Museum

Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve

Windmill Cultural Center

Wood River Museum and Visitor Center

Wood River Refinery History Museum

World Aerospace Museum