Museums in Streamwood


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  • FireZone
    A kids' firehouse sets the stage for hands-on, imaginative activities at FireZone, where actual firefighters show off fire engines, explain educational displays, and oversee games for kids of all ages. In addition to children?s parties and drop-in play sessions, FireZone runs school field trips, caters to adults with corporate training days, and rents fire trucks for picnics, parades, and festivals.
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    1100 National Parkway
    Schaumburg, IL US
  • Elgin Area Historical Society
    The Elgin History Museum seeks to preserve and share the history of the city of Elgin. Boasting Greek Revival-style architecture, the first floor exhibits show how Elgin developed form the 1830's to through the 1970's. Its museum focuses on the town's industry, its architecture, and, most importantly, its citizens. The second floor's thematic exhibits cover the world-renowned Elgin National Watch Factory, which employed generations of residents, and the Hiawatha Pageant, which was put on for 50 years to help preserve local Native American dances. Size: five permanent exhibits, plus a handful of temporary exhibits The Building: called Old Main, it was built in 1856 for the Elgin Academy prep school and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places Eye Catcher: Check out a replica of Elgin's first cabin, built by the Gifford family, who are credited as the city's founders Permanent Mainstay: Elgin Road Races, which chronicles the competitions held in town beginning over 100 years ago in the early days of auto racing Don't Miss: Explore Elgin Architecture illuminates the city's many design styles, from settlers' cobblestone homes to Victorian architecture to bungalows Hands-On Exhibit: Watch Your Pocket allows kids to build a pocket-watch prototype as if they were working on the assembly line at the watch factory Pro Tip: through the Adventure Pass program, Illinois residents can use their library card for free admission to this museum and 16 others
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    360 Park St
    Elgin, IL US
  • Elmhurst Art Museum
    Located 14 miles from downtown Chicago, Elmhurst Art Museum displays national shows and the works of deserving regional, national, and international artists. In addition to hosting on going activities in the museum's education center, the museum seeks to spark creativity and foster sensitivity for fine art in the community through stimulating displays, programs, and mind control. Attached to the museum is the historic McCormick House, which is one of only three homes in the United States designed and built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and then replicated in LEGOs. The museum layout is designed around the house, which stands as a tribute to Mies and has won the Chicago AIA Regional Architecture Award.
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    150 Cottage Hill Ave,
    Elmhurst, IL US
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts
    • For $4, you get two adult admission tickets to the museum (up to an $8 value; museum admission is free on Fridays, and on all days for active armed forces members). • For $15, you get a one-year individual membership (a $30 value).
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    220 S Cottage Hill Ave
    Elmhurst, IL US
  • Theatre Historical Society
    Since 1969, the Theatre Historical Society of America has celebrated the history, architecture, and culture of the American theatres. The organization originally made do with housing its collections in the private homes of society members, but in 1991 they made the move to a permanent exhibit space in Elmhurst, IL. Today that space is home to a rich research archive where more than 100,000 items document the history of 18,000 American theatres dating back as far as 1880. Members of the society enjoy discounts on research in these archives and on merchandise in the shop. They also receive a subscription to the quarterly journal Marquee, voting rights in the society, and discounts on events, including the long-running five-day Conclave Theatre Tour.
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    152 N York St.
    Elmhurst, IL US
  • Illinois Railway Museum
    The most enticing exhibits at the Illinois Railway Museum don't sit in glass cases. Instead, they can be found chugging along the five-mile mainline or the one-mile streetcar loop at various points in the day, giving visitors an opportunity to witness these antique machines functioning the way they were meant to do. This emphasis on living history is a key part of the museum's mission to educate visitors about the growth and development of the railroad industry throughout the Chicagoland area as well as the United States in general. Although it already possesses extensive collections of trolley coaches, electric cars, diesel engines, steam locomotives, and hovercraft, the Illinois Railway Museum is still bent on acquiring more pieces, hoping to eventually represent each major chronological period in the history of rail travel. The museum's technicians do their best to restore antique equipment whenever possible, either by rebuilding original parts or by using modern reproductions and cosmetic touches to fill in the blanks. This ensures that visitors will not only be able to see restored, full-sized versions of historic rolling stock, but can also witness them in motion and even ride some of them. Beyond the locomotives and cars, the Illinois Railway Museum also features a broad assortment of historical artifacts. Antique signals, telegraph and communications equipment, tools, uniforms, and ticket stubs are all available for viewing for guests hoping to learn even more about America's railroad history.
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    7000 Olson Rd.
    Union, IL US

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