Visit a piece of Elgin's history.

The Elgin History Museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building known as Old Main that was once part of the Elgin Academy campus. We are located at 360 Park Street just outside of historic downtown Elgin, IL.
We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am until 4pm. 

Watch Research

Interested in learning more about your Elgin Watch? We can provide information about Elgin timepieces made between 1867 and the mid-1960s.

Donate

Your donation to the Elgin History Museum helps tell Elgin stories, promotes saving Elgin history and allows all to connect with Elgin history!

Become a Member

Become a member and support our mission! Adult memberships start at $30 and which grants free admission, a Crackerbarrel subscription, and more

Community Ties

The Elgin History Museum works tirelessly to provide a community for residents and visitors alike.  We have a number of on-going community projects that speak to Elgin’s larger history.

Join us for events

The Elgin History Museum is always working to put on family-friendly events for anyone interested in Elgin, IL and its history.  Stay up-to-date by visiting our calendar, or by signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page.

Buy Tickets to Cemetery Walk

Learn more about the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House

Built in 1846, the Nancy Kimball house is the oldest cobblestone building in Elgin, and one of the last ones left standing at 302 W. Chicago Street. It was built for the widow of one of Elgin’s founders, Joseph Kimball by her sons, William and Samuel. Continue reading…

Cobbles and Window

Dairies to Prairies Documentary

Dairies to Prairies tells the story of Elgin’s dairy heritage. The documentary also explores how these former dairy farms have come under pressure from suburban development, modern day agriculture and efforts to restore natural prairies. Watch our events calendar for an upcoming screening, or you can purchase a copy of the DVD in our store.

We're Social!

Be sure to follow us on all our social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We love keeping up with all of you and seeing what you share with the community. We also use social media to keep our visitors, members and friends up-to-date with events, other community programs, and behind the scenes looks at what we do at the Museum.