1823 West Reynolds Street
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: (815) 844-4444
Fax: (815) 844-4441
Arts & Museums
20 annual exhibitions.
Here you can see a Lindbergh display, revolving aviation exhibits & memoribilia, a mini-theatre, world famous aircraft models and more.
Continues a mission of engaging students in science, math and technology and fostering in them an interest to pursue careers in those fields.
When you visit downtown Normal, it would be impossible to miss this three story museum. The first floor contains hands-on exhibits and experiences and the second floor contains even more exhibits and is where you can board the two-story Luckey Climber. The third floor offers a world centered on the arts.
Enjoy a self guided tour through history.
Experience aviation technology and history.
The McLean County Arts Center is a non-profit community art resource. Comprised of two art galleries, three classrooms and a gift gallery, it is one of the oldest arts organizations in the Midwest. Annually, it hosts fourteen art exhibitions, including an annual amateur art competition and the Holiday Treasures exhibition and sale.
The McLean County Museum of History traces it roots back to 1892, the year the McLean County Historical Society was founded. The original Museum opened in 1904 when Historical Society members had collected enough material, in the form of presented papers, transcribed reminiscences, and donated objects, to share the collection with the public.
This museum celebrates, preserves and promotes the traditions of the Boy and Girl Scouts, as well as Camp Fire Boys and Girls. On display is a variety of memorabilia including uniforms and literature. Also housed at the museum is the Ziteman Collection from Rockford, the Sullivan Collection from Friendship Village, and many local items.
Housed in an 1848 warehouse on the I & M Canal, this museum features an array of Native American artifacts, and early La Salle County historical items including period furnishings, clothing and farm tools. A barn, blacksmith shop and school are also located on the grounds. Among the Historical Society's many programs and events probably the best known is the Burgoo Festival, held every year on the Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend. Along with the Burgoo stew, a pioneer dish cooked slowly over a wood fire, the Festival includes over 200 craft and flea market vendors who sell their wares on the streets of downtown Utica.
Located near the historic home of the illustrious Lafayette Funk is the Funk Gem and Mineral Museum. It was built between 1973 and 1974 and showcases one of the largest collections of rare gems, minerals, fossils and Indian artifacts by one person. Many of these unique items are not even with the Smithsonian’s and are mostly in their natural state, though there are a few scattered polished ones. Get enthralled by these precious jewels and minerals in the huge hall. Next to the hall are exhibits of the fossils, arts, seashells, corals and saddles. Don't miss out on fluorescent mineral rooms which glows eerily under UV light. Appointments are required to visit the museum.
French and Native American furniture, vintage, firearms and Civil War documents and the nations largest exhibit of plaster studies by George Grey Barnard.