An Elgin Education

The Elgin Area museums offer something for everyone. Visit one of our local history museums to get a richer understanding of the places you visit, or pick up a vacation read at one of our local libraries. Our museums are a great way for you to experience the culture of the Northern Fox River Valley.

Bartlett History Museum


The Bartlett History Museum collects, preserves and interprets Bartlett's rich heritage and shares it with the community through exhibitions, education, and media in order to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation.

Dundee History Museum

West Dundee

Our mission is to inspire appreciation in our rich local heritage by encouraging understanding and preservation of the history of our township.

Elgin Fire Barn No. 5


In 1990, a small group of individuals met to discuss the future of Elgin's last Fire Barn, built in 1903, which was scheduled to be taken out of service

Elgin History Museum


The Elgin History Museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building known as Old Main that was once part of the Elgin Academy campus.

Elgin Public Museum


The natural history collection belonging to Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Lord was first exhibited in the Lords Park Pavilion in 1898.

Fox River Trolley Museum

South Elgin

Check out Fox River Trolley Museum! Here, you will enjoy a nostalgic trip back to an era when the electric trolley car was a vital part of American life.

Gail Borden Library – South Elgin Branch

South Elgin

Gail Borden Public Library welcomes more than one million visitors each year

Gail Borden Public Library


Gail Borden Public Library is not only the third largest library building in Illinois but is also known as the community center. The library is known for bringing in museum exhibits such as SuperCroc and Lego Architecture. What will they do next?

Gail Borden Public Library – Rakow Branch


Gail Borden Public Library welcomes more than one million visitors each year to enjoy museum-quality exhibits, innovative programs and an extensive collection of books, eBooks, movies and more for children,... more

Muirhead Farmhouse


Designed in 1950 by renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime.

The C.A.K.E. Village

East Dundee

The C.A.K.E. Village is a cultural arts center that is designed to promote and foster an enriched, positive connection between all children and Africa. The C.A.K.E. Village offers school assemblies as well as immersion field trips that include social, visual and performing arts.

View the Online
Visitors Guide

Sign Up for the