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.

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Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Please note that when we do return there are a few changes in procedures at the Museum.
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.

Kankakee County Museum's Christmas

Although we are unable to share the joy of the 2020 holiday season with you in our traditional Gallery of Trees fashion, we wanted to provide a virtual event for you to enjoy! Our staff worked hard this Fall to create a theme for nearly every exhibit in our museum. We decorated 9 trees in total.

1. Vestibule - In this area you will notice Santa Clause looking through a window into a dining area on one side and a candlelit tree with stained glass on the other. These displays are representative of the book our newest exhibit is based upon, "Growing Seasons".
2-5. The Centennial Room - The four trees dispersed throughout the Centennial Room are also representative of the "Growing Seasons" story and exhibition. Each tree is decorated for the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
6. War Exhibition (Ken Ponton Gallery) - In the WWI-WWII area, you will notice a patriotic themed tree with flags representing each branch. Military hats, boots, red cross packages, dog tags, and photos of local heroes fill the branches.
7. The Story of Kankakee County (Connie Licon Gallery) - This tree contains the names of towns within the county, photographs of local businesses throughout history, the Kankakee River, newspaper articles, and railroad tracks.
8. A Century of Sports Exhibition - The tree in this area holds a variety of athletic equipment and ornaments representing numerous sports. Letterman's jackets make up the skirt.
9. George Grey Barnard Exhibit - The Art tree was created with the help of our local Kankakee Art League! Their beautiful works along with some sculptures, easels, paint pallets, and brushes brighten up the room with color!

*"Growing Seasons" is now available for purchase at the museum store!

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 2020

Kankakee Art League Show Tentative Dates: September 1 - October 31 n/a
30th Annual Rhubarb Festival CANCELLED More Info -
Voyageur Classic NO WAY 5K August 29 - October 29 More Info -
10th Annual Artisan Faire CANCELLED More Info -
Veterans Day Ceremony CANCELLED n/a
42nd Annual Gallery of Trees CANCELLED More Info -
Kankakee High School Art Show Tentative Dates: December 1 to 30 n/a
Hot Chocolate and Ugly Sweater Party Gallery at Night CANCELLED n/a

About the Events

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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.

EVENT CANCELLED

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.

EVENT CANCELLED

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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.

EVENT CANCELLED