Highest-rated specialty museums in Illinois, according to Tripadvisor

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January 9, 2022
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Highest-rated specialty museums in Illinois, according to Tripadvisor

The Ashmolean Museum, founded in 1683 at the University of Oxford, stands as the first public museum in the world. The gallery was started when its founder, Elias Ashmole, in 1677 donated his private collection to the university. Much of that original collection is still on display, including a crystal ball, several kidney stones, and preserved, exotic animals.

By creating the museum, Ashmole sought to do what all museum curators have worked for since: to create a space where people could be inspired and educated by artifacts and art from the world around them. Specialty museums are particularly focused, diving deep into highly specific subject matters, from seashells to ventriloquism.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest specialty museums in Illinois on Tripadvisor. Keep reading to see what unique museums are in your own home state.

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#30. Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (21 reviews)
- Address: 1100 Canal St, Ottawa, IL 61350-4940
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#29. IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (319 reviews)
- Address: 110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL 61764-1820
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#28. Savanna Train Car Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (12 reviews)
- Address: 25 Main St, Savanna, IL 31408-1402
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#27. Westclox Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (12 reviews)
- Address: 320 5th St Suite 265, Peru, IL 61354-2813
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#26. Reddick Mansion and Gardens

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (29 reviews)
- Address: 100 W Lafayette St, Ottawa, IL 61350-2108
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#25. Gateway Classic Cars

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (29 reviews)
- Address: 1237 Central Park Dr, O'Fallon, IL 62269-1774
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#24. Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (79 reviews)
- Address: not available
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#23. The Old Blacksmith Shop

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (142 reviews)
- Address: 245 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036-2211
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#22. Volo Auto Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (421 reviews)
- Address: 27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073-9613
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#21. All Wars Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (32 reviews)
- Address: 1707 N 12th St, Quincy, IL 62301-1355
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#20. Elmhurst Art Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (38 reviews)
- Address: 150 S Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126-3329
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#19. Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (6 reviews)
- Address: 1061 American Ln Visits by appointment-only., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4973
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#18. Mid America Motorworks, My Garage Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (66 reviews)
- Address: 17082 N US Highway 45, Effingham, IL 62401-6764
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#17. Discovery Depot Children's Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (39 reviews)
- Address: 128 S Chambers St, Galesburg, IL 61401-4966
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#16. Illinois Railway Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (287 reviews)
- Address: 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
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#15. Aurora Regional Fire Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (26 reviews)
- Address: 53 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505-3328
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#14. John Wood Mansion

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (25 reviews)
- Address: 425 S 12th St, Quincy, IL 62301-4303
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#13. Iron Horse Social Club

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (47 reviews)
- Address: 314 Main St, Savanna, IL 61074-1630
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#12. Quincy Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (35 reviews)
- Address: 1601 Maine St, Quincy, IL 62301-4264
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#11. Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (84 reviews)
- Address: 2218 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603-2126
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#10. SciTech Hands On Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (74 reviews)
- Address: 18 W Benton St, Aurora, IL 60506-6013
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#9. National Great Rivers Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (106 reviews)
- Address: #2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL 62002
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#8. Rock Island Arsenal Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (119 reviews)
- Address: 3500 N Avenue Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61299-5000
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#7. The Button Room

- Rating: 3.0 / 5 (8 reviews)
- Address: 4072 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031-2849
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#6. Peoria Riverfront Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (289 reviews)
- Address: 222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602-2500
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#5. Graue Mill & Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (78 reviews)
- Address: 3800 York Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523-2738
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#4. Halim Time & Glass Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (75 reviews)
- Address: 1560 Oak Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4234
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#3. World's Tallest Man Statue

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (153 reviews)
- Address: 2810 College Ave, Alton, IL 62002-4742
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#2. Museum of Hummels

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (8 reviews)
- Address: 9513 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018-4905
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#1. Caterpillar Visitors Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (440 reviews)
- Address: 110 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602-2501
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