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Ethnic Heritage Museum


Six nationalities that helped shape the cultural region are represented in this home museum, built in 1850. Located in the heart of the old water power district, the house features a room for each ethnic group it represents: African American, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Hispanic.

Call to confirm hours and admission fees.

Visit the website for information about current exhibits.

Visitors can receive a docent guided tour every Sunday to see exhibits. The museum is handicap accessible with admission: $3 student, $5 adult and $10 family. Tours may be scheduled other days by calling the museum at (815) 962-7402.

The Graham-Ginestra House and Ethnic Heritage Museum are located in the newly named Heritage Museum Park. Visitors may check in at the Ethnic Heritage Museum - corner of Loomis and S. Main St. - for a tour of both locations.

  • Admission: Suggested Admission: $3 student, $5 adult, $10 family, members free
  • Directions: From I-90 and U.S. Business 20 (E. State St.): West 6.5 miles on Business 20 to IL 2 southbound (S. Church St.). Turn left (south) on IL for a bit over one mile; museum is on right (west) side of the street. From Bypass 20: North on IL 2 (N. Main St.) to museum..--- DURING ROAD CONSTRUCTION, TAKE LOOMIS STREET EAST TO MAIN STREET.
  • Hours: Sunday 2:00pm-4:00pm. Closed in January. Group tours can be arranged by calling the museum.
Attraction Amenities
  • Parking - Free: