Weird of Will County


 Think you're hot stuff when it comes to history? Curious about what's in our archives? Come down and see this exhibit to discover Will County’s unusual history that will amaze and astound.  Test your knowledge of our displayed artifacts for your shot at a free one-year membership. 

Dr. Dougall's Office


Step in to see what an Edwardian era doctor's office looked like.  Dr. William Dougall was an officer in the Civil War, and became a Doctor in postwar Joliet.  He worked for the Illinois and Michigan Canal and State Penitentiary, before opening his own practice out of his home on Union Street.

Pre-1850 Early Will County


Learn about the early history of Will County and our residents, both Native and White.  See tools and fiber arts, as well as the rocking chair in which steel plow inventor John Lane passed away in.

Fiber Arts


An original Edward Worst loom is the focal point of this exhibit. Worst was a pioneer in the arts and crafts movement, as well as an educator. This loom, in addition to spinning wheels, knitting machines, and a smaller table top loom, are on display. 

Tools and Implements


Many tools haven't changed in form or function from the 1800s until today.  See hand tools, railroad lanterns, and many more that were used to build our communities.

Vintage Hats and Accessories


Learn about Fall and Winter hats and other accessories ranging from the 1800s into the late 1900s.  Also take a look at our more fragile items, such as a beaver top hat and Potawatomi purse from the 1840s.

Wedding Dresses


View wedding dresses and photographs of the Victorian era and 20th Century.

Immigrant Workers of the I & M Canal


Come and view our newest exhibit by Creative Director Mirjana Urulesku that showcases immigrant workers and their contribution to the building of the Illinois and Michigan Canal.