Quincy area is alive with a vibrant culture and history
that it celebrates through the performing arts and museums.
Celebrated as one of the most significant models of architectural
diversity in the United States, Quincy represents a melting
pot of architecture and design. Walk down our Maine Streets
to experience everything from Romanesque to Craftsman
styles. Home to the first Arts Council in America, the
Quincy area prides itself on being a great place for artists
and performers to explore their craft for all to appreciate.
Rich with Mormon history, the Nauvoo area takes you on
a trip through the past. Pike County represents one of
Illinois’ hidden historical treasures. Visit one
of our museums, attend a matinee in a state-of-the-art
community theatre, get wrapped up in our history. See
the unexpected Quincy area.
Preserving Agriculture Museum Quincy
Open by Appointment Only
The Preserving Agriculture History Museum showcases agriculture
machinery that would be found in a typical 80-120 acre
farm in the Midwest during the 1930’s. It also includes
many of the things that would be found in a typical 1930’s
farmhouse. This museum is free and open to groups.
1707 North 12th St
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
Free to Public
Museum of United States military history from the American
Revolution to Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dollhouses Then & Now
123 North 4th St | 217.222.1153 or 217.228.0088
Hours: Wed. 10-1pm and 2-4pm and Sat. 1-3pm
Special Showings By Appointment
Admission: $3 adults $2 Children
Museum that houses over 60 vintage furnished doll houses from the 1920's- to current. The architectural designs and fashions depict and present the evolution of homes and furnishings from then to now. Also is the Then and Now gift shop which is complete with collectable doll house furnishings for sale. Children enjoy playing the scavenger hunt and viewing the 1949 "Disney House" and the 1924 Tootsie Toy house furnished with Tootsie toy pieces. Located inside Taylor's Furniture Store, along the square in Quincy's downtown business district.
Dr. Richard Eell’s House
415 Jersey Street |217.223.1800
Hours: Fri. & Sat. (Feb-Nov) 1-4pm
An early Quincy physician and leading abolitionist
built this two-story brick house, which was an Underground
Railroad site from 1835 to 1846.
4th to 12th Street, Adams to Jersey Streets,
The South Side German Historic District
encompasses most of Quincy’s southwest quarter.
In the late 1800’s, as much as 70% of the area was
inhabited by German immigrants. The district became known
as “Calf Town,” due to the fact that almost
every household had a cow or calf tied in their backyard.
The original German YMCA building, built in 1893, is located
on the southeast corner of 9th and State Street.
Governor John Wood Mansion, 1835 Log Cabin, and Parsonage
425 South 12th Street, Quincy
Tours- April-October: Mon-Sat. 10am- 2pm
Closed November- March, Office hours Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm
Parsonage Museum open year round during office hours.
The John Wood Mansion is the restored home of Quincy’s
founder and the twelfth Governor of Illinois, John Wood.
The mansion is recognized by historians and architects
as one of the Midwest’s finest existing examples
of Greek Revival architecture. The 1835 Pioneer Log Cabin
is preserved, refurbished authentically, and features
a pioneer garden. The Parsonage is a museum that displays
items depicting the history of Adams County while preserving
a historic parsonage.
Veteran’s Home, All Wars Museum, and Deer Park
1707 North 12th Street, Quincy |
Hours: Mon-Fri 1-4pm,
Weekends 9am-4pm / Free
The Illinois Veteran’s Home of Quincy is one of
our nation’s largest and oldest veterans home. It
not only generates its own electrical power, but also
owns and maintains it own water, sewer, gas, telephone
and data network systems as well. The Veteran’s
Home also houses the All Wars Museum, which has exhibits
spanning from the American Revolution to Desert Storm.
Visit the deer and buffalo parks within the grounds.
Mounds Park and Pool
1400 S 5th Street |
Park District: 217.223.7703
Indian Mounds Park is one of the few public places in
the state where visitors can view Native American mounds.
Eight burial mounds are preserved in the park. Visitors
can view burial mounds, a statue of a Native American
girl, and travel through a walking time line. The park
is also home to newly remodeled swimming pool. The pool,
which opened in July of 2003, features waterslides, geysers,
diving boards, sand volleyball, and a sloped pool entrance.
Pool Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 12-6pm
Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 12-9pm
Valley Antique Auto Museum
Front & Cedar
Hours: Memorial Day- Labor Day, Sundays
Over 40 antique cars and related displays
A sheer delight for auto buffs everywhere, this antique
car museum houses 35 cars and related displays. Open Sundays
memorial Day through Labor Day.
Jersey | 217.223.5900
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 1:00-4:00pm
Free to Public
Museum of the visual arts with a variety of rotating exhibitions
throughout the year
Come to Quincy’s museum of visual arts and enjoy
a variety of activities, such as lectures, visiting artists’
classes and demonstrations.
1601 Maine St |
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
Closed Mid-November, January, February
Museum that houses traveling exhibits, a children’s
discovery museum, and entirely restored first floor in
Enter the Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion and step back in time.
The first floor is decorated in 1890's fashion, and the
second and third floors house rotating exhibits. The building
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gardner Expressway, Quincy |
for Hours / Admission: $3
The Villa Kathrine is a unique example of Mediterranean
architecture in the Midwest. The Villa is located on a
bluff with a breath taking view of the Mississippi River.
Built for Quincy native and world traveler George Metz,
Villa Kathrine was based on his sketches and photos of
villas in various parts of the Islamic world. It has a
number of interesting features, including a “harem”
room and a courtyard, which surrounds a reflecting pool.
The building now houses Quincy’s Tourist Information
Aero Space Museum
1659 Hwy 104, Quincy |
Hours by Appointment: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm / Free
World Aero Space Museum displays aircraft from the Cold
War era. It is the only museum known in the world today
preserving these types of aircraft in one location. Most
of the aircraft displayed are in working, flying condition.
This allows veterans and people of all ages to see these
planes up close and in the air. Aircraft on display include
MiG21,MiG29, L39, L39MS, Romanian IAR 823, and the CJ6A.
large cultural impact is due to its many finely restored
museums, active theatre, well preserved architecture,
and its active Society of Fine Arts.
25,000 people from the tri-state area each year to its
Community Theatre for 7 productions in main stage and
The Quincy Society of Fine Arts (QSFA), America’s
first Community Arts Council, was founded in 1947 to "stimulate
the practice and appreciation of the fine arts."
The arts have a large support base in the Quincy community,
with half the organizations’ annual budgets coming
in the form of memberships, volunteer time and donated
Listed below are area arts organizations. For the latest
information on upcoming arts events, individuals may call
the ARTS hotline at 217.228.ARTS.
American Assoc. of University Women
American Guild of Organists
Big River Carvers Club
Culver-Stockton College Fine Arts
Friends of the Castle |
Friends of the Dr. Richard Eells House
Gardner Museum of Architecture & Design
German Village Society
Great River Barbershop Chorus
Great River Genealogical Society
Great River Watercolor Soc.
Hannibal-LaGrange College of Fine Arts
Historic Quincy Business District
Historical Soc. of Quincy & Adams County
John Wood Community College Fine Arts
| 217.224.6736 or 217.222.6991
Mid-Mississippi Muddy Water Blues Soc.
Mississippi River Brass Band |
Muddy River Opera Company |
217.222-2856 | 217.223.8605
Photographic Society of Quincy
Quincy Art Center
Quincy Artists Guild | 217.222.6222
Quincy China Painters Guild |
217.222.2152 | 217.223.6266
Quincy Civic Music Association
Quincy Comm. Concert Band |
Quincy Community Theatre
Quincy Conservatory/Illinois State Music
Teachers Association | 217.223.0669
Quincy History Round Table
Quincy Museum |
Quincy Notre Dame High School Fine Arts
Quincy Park Band
Quincy Park District
Quincy Preserves |
Quincy Public Library |
Quincy Public Schools Fine Arts
Quincy Sister City Commission
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association
Quincy University Fine Arts
Quincy Writers’ Guild
Quinsippi Needleworkers |
St. Peter School Fine Arts
|217.222.3155 or 217.223.3767
Sunday Music Series
Transitions of Western Illinois
Western Illinois University Bureau of Cultural
Women’s City Club |
Young Men’s Christian Association
Young Women’s Christian Association
Smith Historic Center
149 Water Street, Nauvoo, IL |
Homestead and gravesite of Joseph Smith,
founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
and his family.
Hancock Heritage Museum
308 Walnut Street, Carthage, IL |
Hancock’s natural history, Civil
War memorabilia and view Native-American and Mormon artifacts
Nauvoo Visitor’s Center, Young &
Hubbord Streets | Nauvoo,
IL | 1.888.453.6434
Statues depicting and celebrating women’s
May thru Aug: Mon thru Sat 8am - 9pm, Sun 10:30am - 6pm
Sept thru April: Mon thru Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm