The Great River Road in Illinois

History and Museums

The Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway is a historic drive filled with many treasures such as an ancient Native American city, an 18th century French fort and a town filled with 100-year-old architecture. Follow the Mississippi River through America's heartland. Exciting history, thriving river cultures, beautiful natural areas, abundant wildlife and agricultural experiences await your discovery!


1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

1876 Banwarth House and Museum

1930s Preserving Agriculture History Museum

A. B. Safford Memorial Library

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

Albany Mounds State Historic Site

All Wars Museum

Alton Museum of History & Art

Apple River Fort State Historic Site

Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Carthage Jail & Visitors' Center

Center for American Archeology

Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum

Collinsville Historical Museum

Curiosity Museum

De Immigrant Windmill

Dowling House

Dr. Richard Eells House

East Alton History Museum

Edwardsville Children's Museum

Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site

Elizabeth History Museum

Fort de Chartres State Historic Site

Fort Defiance Park

Fort Edwards Memorial

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

Fountain Bluff

Galena & U. S. Grant Museum

Galena Main Street

General John A. Logan Museum

Glen Carbon Heritage Museum

Governor Coles State Memorial

Gramercy Park

Haskell Playhouse

Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library

Heritage Canyon

Historic Maeystown

Historic Nauvoo

History Museum of Monroe County

John Wood Mansion

Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial

Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (KCT)

Kibbe Museum

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

Lewis Round Barn

Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail

Lincoln - Douglas Square

Lincoln Memorial Picnic Ground

Lovejoy State Memorial

Madison County Historical Society Museum & Archives

Magnolia Manor

Martin House Museum

Mary's River Covered Bridge

Mississippi River Museum & Interpretive Center

Mound City National Cemetery

National Great Rivers Museum & Melvin Price Locks and Dam

O'Fallon Historical Society Museum & Archives

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Old Market House State Historic Site

Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street

Piasa Bird

Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site

Pomona Natural Bridge - Shawnee National Forest

Popeye Muesum and Spinach Can Collectibles

Quincy Architecture Tours

Quincy Museum

Randolph County Museum & Archives

Red Bud Area Museum

Rheinberger House Museum

Robert Wadlow Statue

Savanna Historical Museum & Cultural Center

Schneidewind Barn Museum

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

The Flood Museum

The History Museum on the Square

The Old Blacksmith Shop

Thebes Courthouse

Tower Rock

Tri-Township Heritage Museum

U.S. Custom House Museum

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site

Villa Kathrine

Village of Elsah Museum

Weld House Museum

Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve

Windmill Cultural Center

Wood River Museum and Visitor Center

Wood River Refinery History Museum

World Aerospace Museum

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