Museums & Historic Sites
Alton Illinois Museum of History and Art
Learn about Robert Wadlow the world's tallest man, the adventures of Lewis & Clark, Wood River Massacre, Lincoln & Shields Duel, the Confederate Prison at Alton, and the Black Pioneers.
BEALL MANSION Historic Mansion Tours
Tour the mansion built as a wedding gift. A must see for anyone interested in the history, fine furnishings, or architecture. Listed on the National Historic Register. 30 to 45 minute narrated tours by appointment.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), preserved here are the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico.
Kampsville Archeological Center for American Archeology
Explore exhibits and artifacts that document the prehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley.
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
The ultimate view of where Lewis & Clark began their journey at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. This $6 million tower has viewing platforms accessible by elevator or stairs are available at 50, 100, and 150 feet.
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site Site
A must see for Lewis & Clark fans. Welcome to this $8 million 15,000 square foot visitors center with full size replica cut away of a keel boat just like the ones used by Lewis & Clark. Also see a replica of Camp River Dubois and Corps of Discovery monument.
National Great Rivers Museum
From her grand history and cultural significance to her ecological importance and role in transportation—learn the story of the Mississippi River at this seven million dollar museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.
Wood River Illinois Museum & Visitors Center
See displays, research materials and artifacts that give you a view of Wood River, Illinois history.
Wood River Illinois Refinery History Museum
(formerly the Shell History Museum)
Over 1,000 artifacts, exhibits, and photo displays from the past three-quarters of a century.