Museums

Isle a la Cache Museum

Open

Open All Year 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone
815/886-1467

Location
501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville, Illinois

Closures
This facility, operated by the Forest Preserve District of Will County, is closed on Mondays. It is also closed on state holidays.

Special Programs
The annual Voyageur Rendezvous takes place the second weekend in June. In addition, the Museum staff offers a variety of special events from spring through autumn. Call the Museum for more information.

Exhibits
The exhibits focus on the Voyageur-American Indian contact period of the mid-1700s. There are hands-on displays for all visitors.

Available Facilities
Restrooms; a canoe landing area along the DesPlaines River; picnic facilities; and a walking trail to the DesPlaines River.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Open
Open All Year
Open From March 1 To October 31 -- 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open From November 1 To February 28 -- 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phone
708/839-6897

Location
9800 S. 104th Ave., Willow Springs, Illinois

Closures
The site is closed on Thanksgiving Day, on Christmas Day, and on New Year's Day. The Schoolhouse, which houses the museum, is closed on Fridays.

Special Programs
The Schoolhouse, which is operated by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, has an active special events and regularly scheduled programs schedule throughout the year. Please call the Schoolhouse for more information.

Exhibits
The Schoolhouse has exhibits on local--Chicago region--mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and on the area's vegetation.

Available Facilities
Port-o-John restrooms. Several hiking and walking trails begin at the Schoolhouse and lead throughout the Preserve's grounds.

Will County Historical Society Museum

Open
Open All Year 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Phone
815/838-5080

Location
803 South State Street, Lockport, Illinois

Closures
The building, home of the Will County Historical Society, is closed mid-December to early January and on state holidays.

Special Programs
The Society schedules a variety of special programs, including the annual Will County Folk Art Festival (last Sunday in April), the Journey into the Past (during Lockport's Old Canal Days during the 3rd weekend in June), the annual Will County Pioneer Crafts Festival (1st Saturday in October), and Pioneer Christmas in early December.

Exhibits
The building was once the headquarters of the Illinois & Michigan Canal Commission, the public body which built the canal during the mid-19th century. The exhibits feature displays on the construction and history of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, the I&M Canal Commissioners, and social and political history of Will County. There are farm implements in an adjoining building. The Pioneer Settlement, also adjacent to the Museum and the I&M Canal, is a group of mid to late 19th century buildings from all over the county, dismantled and then reassembled on the site.

Available Facilities
Public restrooms; a small sales facility.

Last updated: April 10, 2015