The historic Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion, the home of the Quincy Museum, is a wonderful example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture set in the heart of Quincy's Maine Street. Visitors are treated to tours of the restored first floor of the home and can make their way upstairs to enjoy exhibits. Second floor exhibits feature a restored bedroom and two new exhibits. In the 2nd floor hallway and continuing into the front exhibit room is "Hidden Underfoot, Historic Archaeology in Illinois. This exciting exhibit traces the science of historic archaeology and contains a fabulous group of scale models of historic archaeology sites in Illinois. Accompanying these models are a selection of artifacts recovered from the sites. This exhibit is a cooperative effort between the Quincy Museum, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois and the Illinois Archaeological Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Also new for 2017 is World War I, A Quincy Commemoration. This new exhibit tells the story of World War I and how it affected Quincy and Adams County. Included in this exhibit are artifacts on loan from the Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln and the All Wars Museum at the Illinois Veteran's Home. Finally, we are continuing a wonderful exhibit featuring Motorola radios, car radios and record players, all made here in Quincy between 1948 and 1975. These radios are part of the personal collection of Olin Shuler, a former engineer for Motorola. This exhibit tells the fascinating story of a company that employed many Quincians and had a world wide reach during its heyday.
Head up to our third floor and enjoy exhibits designed for both children and adults. Wander through our Dinotopia exhibit and see our giant t-rex head. You can also handle replica fossils, put your foot in a cast of a dinosaur footprint and see real fossils. Our Mississippi Wildlife room takes you on a journey through local landscapes with local animal mounts such as deer, elk, bald eagles and other local creatures. Visit our river bottom and pond displays too. Kids will be fascinated when they look through our microscope at a rogues gallery of nasty little creatures. DON'T MISS OUR COMPLETELY UPDATED NATIVE AMERICAN ROOM! This room features lots of fun activities for children. Young visitors can play in our wickiup, carry babies on our cradle board, dress up in Native American clothing, play games and do activities. A large play table allows children to make their own Native American village. All the while, adults can enjoy viewing a wonderful selection of Native American artifacts that tell the story of the Native Americans who once lived in the midwest.
Membership at the Quincy Museum is a great investment in the future!
Members receive quarterly issues of the Quincy Museum News, 10% discount in our Museum Store, free admission for themselves and their family (if a family membership). We also offer members advance notice of upcoming events, discounts for educational classes and the opportunity to host weddings and other events at the Quincy Museum.
Membership is reasonably priced at $20 per year for individuals and $35 for families.
Come check out our life sized wickiup!