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The Museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building known as Old Main that was once part of the Elgin Academy. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Through permanent and changing exhibits, the museum brings to life Elgin's rich heritage. Permanent exhibits include Elgin National Watch Company, the E. Maude and Carl Parlasca Native American Collection, and Elgin Road Race memorabilia.

Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
The Museum is open year-round. For information or to make an appointment for using the research library, call the Old Main Museum at 742-4248.

Adult admission is $3.00, students $1.00, no charge for society members.
The facility is handicapped-accessible.

360 Park Street, Elgin, Illinois, 60120
From east or west, take I-90 to Elgin and exit at Route 25. Head south for about a mile, then turn right on Park St. The facility is handicapped-accessible.


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Museum Adventure Pass Program

The Elgin History Museum is part of Adventure Pass, a program allowing your library card to receive free admission at 17 area attractions. For more information visit this link:

Printable Adventure Pass brochure (PDF)

Printable Museum brochure (PDF)