A Place Where Kankakee County History Is Preserved

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Explore Kankakee County

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.

2021 COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines

We are open at 50% capacity.
Masks are REQUIRED. You will not be able to enter the Museum without one.
Social Distancing is a MUST. Please stay at least 6ft apart while walking through the Museum.
Your temperature must be taken at the door, anyone with a temperature of more than 100.4 will not be allowed to enter.
Hands must be cleaned with hand sanitizer, and your shoes must be sprayed with disinfectant.
These procedures are truly for everyone's safety, and we thank you for your understanding.

Stop in to see our newest Exhibit: Growing Seasons

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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

1906

Kankakee County Historical Society Founded

1912

Display Artifacts and Documents Provided by Kankakee H.S.

1935

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

1944

Collection Moved Back to the High School Remained Their 4 Years

1948

Kankakee County Historical Society Found a Permanent Home

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Calendar of Events Kankakee County Museum 2021


31st Annual Rhubarb Festival May 23
Kankakee Art League Show May 23 - August 31 n/a
Voyageur Classic 5K Run/Walk August 21
Cemetery Walk August 29 n/a
Manteno Book Talk with Author Melanie Holmes September 11 n/a
11th Annual Artisan Faire November 6
Veterans Day Ceremony November 11 n/a
43rd Annual Gallery of Trees December 1 - 30
Kankakee High School Art Show December 1 - 30 n/a
Hot Chocolate and Ugly Sweater Party Gallery at Night December 17 n/a

About the Events

AnyCity Council proudly presents

Rhubarb Festival 2021

The Kankakee County Museum presents the 31st Annual Rhubarb Festival! On Sunday, May 23, 2021 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 Information

*Please email Alyssa Blanchette at alyssablanchette.k3museum@gmail.com with any questions or to receive our vendor application.

Artisan Faire 2021

The Kankakee County Museum presents the 11th Annual Artisan Faire: A Juried Fine Art, Craft Show, and Sale! The Faire will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 10 AM to 4 PM. There will be vendors, crafters, and lunch available for purchase. Admission is free.

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Gallery of Trees 2021

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 through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Saturday & Sunday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM with the exception of December 24 and 25.