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Alton Museum Of History And Art

2809 College Avenue

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The museum was founded in 1971 as a non for profit organization which depends on membership dues, gifts, bequests, and foundation grants to help preserve and tell the story of the individuality of the community which it serves. It illustrates the aesthetic interests and accomplishments of its citizens (the arts) and reflects the story of the development and the achievement of that community (the history) The museum is not supported by state taxes or county taxes or city taxes.

Loomis Hall is located on College Avenue on the dental school campus across from the statue of Robert Wadlow, the Alton Giant. Loomis Hall, (the oldest building in the state of Illinois that has been continuously dedicated to education) was built in 1832 by the Baptists as the first building in what was to become Shurtleff College. Within this museum can be found the Classroom Gallery which displays the art accomplishments of area citizens, the Wadlow Room, which tells the story of the tallest man in the world, the Pioneer Room which describes the exploits of Lewis & Clark, The Wood River Massacre, The Lincoln & Shields Duel, the Confederate Prison at Alton, and the Black Pioneers.

The museum also maintains exhibits at The Koenig House which was built in 1887 by a German American Engineer who was employed by the Illinois Glass Company. These exhibits include the Alton Landing Room which describes the story of the Alton River Front from 1797 until the present day, and the Lovejoy Printshop and the Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Room. The second floor of the Koenig House has the Alton Area Historical Society Research Library which is maintained by the Alton Area Historical Society.


Mark Zeman

Monday, May 14, 2018
Compared to local museums in many other small towns, the Alton Museum was a surprising treat. There are hundreds of artifacts from pre-colonial times to the impact of rail and river transportation on the city to the more recent events. You can wander and read for an hour or so. A pleasant weekend side trip.

Julie Brown

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Very interesting and packed with artifacts. Brian was also very knowledgeable and a wonderful guide.

Kyle Osterberg

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
The Robert Wadlow exhibit is great, especially the film.

Jsem Tady

Sunday, July 15, 2018
A neat place

ChrisAndTara Lupcho

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
This is a really well done collection of art and history of Alton. So many interesting things to see. We received a personal tour from Brian and he was really knowledgeable about all the history in the area. They even had a few things for the kids to see. Totally worth the trip if you are into history.

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