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Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

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Address: 201 W 10th St, Lockport, IL 60441-2987
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+1 815-838-7400
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Explore the art and visual culture of the state of Illinois at the Illinois...

Explore the art and visual culture of the state of Illinois at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery! Part of the Illinois State Museum system, this branch site opened its doors on May 3, 1987, and features changing exhibitions of art created by past and present Illinois artists. Located on the first floor of the historic Norton Building-a massive limestone structure built around 1850 as a grain-processing center on the Illinois & Michigan Canal-the museum offers visitors of all ages opportunities to discover and reflect in spacious, light-filled galleries that unite the past and present. Group tours and specially planned events provide added dimension to the rotating display of paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, works on paper, and multi-media installations, as well as decorative, archeological and ethnographic objects. The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located in downtown Lockport, Illinois, the heart of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. Lockport is 35 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop at the crossroads of Illinois Routes 7 & 171. Free parking is directly in front of the building and dining, shopping, a recreational trail and a nature preserve are just steps away. Admission is FREE. Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, noon - 5 pm. Closed Saturdays and State holidays, and during exhibition changes. Wheelchair accessible. --- On display through September 18, 2015: "Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions" featuring the work of Barbara Aubin, Guy Benson, Julia Haw and Thom Whalen. "Focus 4" is an ongoing program that highlights work of contemporary accomplished artists in four separate exhibitions. The artists are selected by four fine arts curators from various sites of the state-wide Illinois State Museum system.

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Closed until further notice

We tried to stop in earlier this week. But a sign on the door read "Closed until further notice". THis was not reflected on google. May be wise to call ahead before visiting.

Reviewed July 29, 2016

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Reviewed July 29, 2016

We tried to stop in earlier this week. But a sign on the door read "Closed until further notice". THis was not reflected on google. May be wise to call ahead before visiting.

Thank azsuma
Jennifer J, Curator at Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, responded to this review

We apologize for the inconvenience. While the ISM locations in Springfield and Dickson Mounds have reopened as of July 2, the ISM Lockport and ISM Chicago locations are still closed per the order of the Governor of Illinois (since October 1, 2015). We are hoping to reopen soon. More 

Homer Glen, Illinois
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Reviewed December 9, 2015

Interesting history of the history of the canal...Takes you back to grade and high school information you may have forgot. Living in this area makes you step back in awe of what was accomplished without heavy equipment and technology of today. Makes you feel part of the area and proud.

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Lockport, IL
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Reviewed October 26, 2015

This museum highlights local artists of all kinds, from quilters to photographers. There is also an emphasis on local history, from Native Americans in the area to the impact of the Civil War in Illinois. I hope it remains open and that another generation of young people get to appreciate this gem.

Thank karmary
Lockport, Illinois
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Reviewed October 1, 2015

We loved the exhibit at the museum. There were real artifacts from the area and other items from the era being displayed. The museum has been temporarily closed due to state funding issues, but hopefully will reopen soon.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed August 31, 2015

JMJ On some pretty day, take a ride out to the Lockport area and visit the I & M Canal and Lincoln's Landing Park and find a nice restaurant to finish up. Main Street Lockport offers a great walking tour booklet so you don't miss anything. Explore Lincoln Landing and explore this historic landscape to learn about Abraham Lincoln and... More 

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Midwest, USA
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Reviewed June 3, 2015

We were delightfully surprized at the quality of the artist on display in this exhibit. Beautiful pieces, complimentary displaying and a beautiful historic building all add up to a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. What a treat!

Thank geoandsusan
Jennifer J, Curator of Art at ISMLG at Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the ISM Lockport Gallery and thank you for taking the time to let others know about our exhibitions. We appreciate the positive feedback and hope that you return soon to visit us. Our exhibitions change about every 5 months and they always focus on the art and cultural history of the State of Illinois. Signed: Jennifer... More 

New Lenox, Illinois
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

Today's Ship and Sanitary Canal, next to the Des Plaines River, is the successor of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Forgotten, but for the I & MHeritage Corridor and institutions like the Lockport Gallery. See how our rich agricultural area took off and prospered with cheap, reliable transportation! Highly recommended.

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Reviewed December 3, 2014

Here is a delightful small museum space with professionally curated rotating shows and free admission. How are people not all over this? We were the only people there. They need a press agent to toot their own horn!

Thank jfadds
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Reviewed November 12, 2014

Such a lovely and contemplative place. They always have something interesting on display. A great place to visit.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed August 27, 2014

We toured the art exhibition displaying civil war era quilts and demonstrating the tensions between North and South. It was extraordinarily well done.

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