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803 S State St, Lockport, IL 60441    |    815-838-5080
Will County Historical Museum and Research Center It's your heritage.

Will County Historical Museum and Research Center

In 1837, the town of Lockport was laid out by the Illinois and Michigan Canal commissioners, and an office was constructed and became headquarters for administration of the waterway.

The canal extended ninety-six miles from the south branch of the Chicago River near Lake Michigan to the Illinois River at LaSalle-Peru, and was in operation from 1848 to 1914.

In 1876, a residence for the Canal Superintendent was added to the office building, and a bank vault was installed in the administration office to store canal records.

This building is now operated by the Will County Historical Museum and Research Center.

Museum Information

Open Mid February – Mid November
Wednesday – Sunday   |   12pm – 4pm
For tours at other hours call 815-838-5080

Adults – $3
Seniors – $2
Children & Students – $1
Members – Free

First 1/2 hour (1 hour for members) is free, $25 per hour after. Do your own, supervised by a trained docent, for free.

Gift Shop Information

We offer many items in our gift shop, including:

  • Historic children’s games and toys
  • Books and publications about Will County history
  • Handmade bonnets, aprons, and collars
  • Civil War hats
  • Companion to the Freedom Seekers exhibit
  • Native American artifact kits
  • Lockport Canal Days collector plates
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The Will County Historical Society exists so that people and organizations may be connected to the rich history of Will County, Illinois.

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