Current Exhibits

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

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