A Place Where Kankakee County History Is Preserved

Visit Our Museums

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.


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

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

Keep Me in the Loop!

Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

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


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.