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.

We are open!

We're BACK!

We are so excited to announce that we are OPEN! The last few months have been tricky, but we are thrilled to start seeing you all again. Please note 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.
We are only at 25% capacity per the governor. With our employees being here, we can only let an additional 40 people in at any given time.
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.

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 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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Voyageur Classic NO WAY 5K!

The Kankakee County Museum presents our first EVER Voyageur Classic NO WAY 5K!  

What is a No Way 5K?

-Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to host our annual Voyageur Classic 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for our French Heritage Museum.  Instead, we are asking our supporters to kindly donate just $25. In return, you will receive an exclusive 2020 "non-participant" medal and access to our private Facebook group where we will announce random weekly challenges and prizes throughout the 8 weeks. 


Facebook Group: "Kankakee County Museum's NO WAY 5K!" (after you register and pay the $25 donation, you can request access into this exclusive group!)

The sooner you register, the more opportunities you will have to win prizes!

Event dates:

August 29 - October 29

*You can register ANY time before the end date. 

*T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Kankakee County Museum at $20 each.

*Payment for this event can be made through the PayPal button below, with credit card over the phone ((815) 932-5279), or with cash or credit card at the Kankakee County Museum. If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to the "Kankakee County Historical Society". Checks can be mailed to the address below:
Kankakee County Historical Society
801 South 8th Avenue
Kankakee, IL 60901

“Non-Participation” Form

  • Please select how you would like to receive your "non-participant" finisher medal.
  • Please provide your name as it appears on your Facebook profile so we can accept you into our private No Way 5K GROUP! In this group you will have many opportunities to win prizes! *You can find this group through Kankakee County Museum's Facebook page OR by typing in "No Way 5K" into the search engine.
  • Price: $25.00
    Payment options: 1) Bring in or mail in a check written out to the "Kankakee County Historical Society". 2) Click on the PayPal link provided. 3) Register in person at the Kankakee County Museum to pay with cash.

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.