Exhibitions for All Ages
The Gaylord Building has featured a range of exhibits on the history of the canal: the people who built it, the towns that prospered along it, and the landscape that was shaped by it.
The First Floor Gallery
On the ground floor is the permanent exhibit Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent. This exhibit examines the impact of the Illinois & Michigan Canal on the development of northeastern Illinois. Blending artifacts, historic photos, and engaging interpretive text, the exhibit provides visitors with an introduction to the role that the I & M Canal played in shaping Illinois’ destiny. The Illinois State Historical Society awarded the exhibit a Superior Achievement for exhibitions. Part of the citation states, “Based on extensive and impeccable research, the exhibition is a model of high-quality design in service of sound educational goals.”
The Second Floor Gallery
Gallery Seven is a fine art gallery lead by a society of local artists who practice a multitude of mediums including photography, painting, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, and more. The second floor gallery showcases works by their members, and they are also currently showing the vibrant paintings of Michelle Knop-Rogers until the end of October. All pieces currently on display are available for purchase.
The Third Floor Gallery
Suggestions of Gravity
Gallery Seven is currently hosting a series in the third floor gallery with a new featured artist each month. From now until November 15th, guests will be able to view the sculptures and paintings of artist Doug DeWitt.