A Place Where Kankakee County History Is Preserved

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Explore Kankakee County Museum With Your Loved Ones

There are several fun things to do when you’re in Kankakee, IL, and one of them is museum strolling! Discover the county’s history and culture when you visit us at Kankakee County Museum.

The History of Kankakee

Founded in 1853, it is believed that the Potawatami inhabited the city beginning sometime in the 18th century.

French Heritage Museum

Come and see our collection of old photos and historical artifacts. Bring your loved ones with you!

History Timeline


Kankakee County Historical Society Founded


Display Artifacts and Documents Provided by Kankakee H.S.


Extensive Renovations at the High School Forced the Society to Move to Kankakee County Court House


Collection Moved Back to the High School Remained Their 4 Years


Kankakee County Historical Society Found a Permanent Home

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Calendar of Events Kankakee County Museum 2020

Kankakee Art League Show CANCELLED n/a
30th Annual Rhubarb Festival May 24 CANCELLED More Info -
Voyageur Classic 5K Run/Walk August 29 CANCELLED More Info -
10th Annual Artisan Faire November 7 More Info -
Veterans Day Ceremony November 11 n/a
42nd Annual Gallery of Trees December 1 to 30 More Info -
Kankakee High School Art Show December 1 to 30 n/a
Hot Chocolate and Ugly Sweater Party Gallery at Night

About the Events


Rhubarb Festival 2020

The Kankakee County Museum presents the 30th Annual Rhubarb Festival! On Sunday, May 24, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, join us as we celebrate the pie plant! There will be vendors, rhubarb and strawberry-rhubarb pies for sale, a baking contest, dime toss, tours of the Taylor one-room Schoolhouse as well as the historic Doctor Small Home, and more.


Rhubarb Festival Vendor Fee

Artisan Faire

The Kankakee County Museum presents the 10th Annual Artisan Faire: A Juried Fine Art, Craft Show, and Sale! The Faire will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 10 AM to 4 PM. There will be vendors, crafters, and lunch available for purchase. Admission is free.


Gallery of Trees

Join us on December 1 to 30 at Kankakee County Museum for our annual holiday event. The museum is decorated with over 30 Christmas trees. Vote for your favorite! The suggested donation price is $2.00.

We are open Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Saturday to Sunday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM with the exception of December 24 and 25.