History and Social Studies

Featured Multicultural/Heritage

African American Museum of Southern Illinois

Located in the University Mall, the African American Museum of Southern Illinois features exhibits that showcase the contributions and difficult pasts of African Americans in history. University Mall, 1237 E. Main St., Carbondale, IL 62901. Jackson County. Tel: 618-457-2217. Cost: Free.... More Info

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Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, IL 61107. 815-229-9390. At this authentic Japanese Garden, groups can learn how aesthetic principles are used to create a work of natural art from Japanese garden materials. Classes and activities include paper folding, drawing, an imaginary trip to Japan, tea ceremonies, sushi rolling, and more. Fee.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607. 312-413-5353. The newly renovated House Museum opens up the never-before-exhibited second floor of the Hull home and recounts stories of Hull-House residents and immigrants. Tours cover artifacts, 19th century social history, and interactive exhibits. Free/Suggested donation.

National Hellenic Museum

333 South Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661. 312-655-1221. From ancient to contemporary Greece, this museum produces original exhibitions for the public to enjoy. School programs cover various aspects of Greek history and culture. Fee.

National Museum of Mexican Fine Arts

1852 West 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608. 312-738-1503. With 7,000 objects, the National Museum of Mexican Art’s permanent collection is one of the largest collections of Mexican art in the country, with ancient art, textiles, prints, drawing, and more on display. Free.

Western Illinois Museum

201 South Lafayette St., Macomb, IL 61455. 309-837-2750. Groups will view exhibits filled with objects and photographs detailing the history of McDonough County, and they may have the opportunity to include their own! Activities include being curator for a day, scavenger hunts, and writing activities. Free.