Visit Galesburg, Illinois



“In the 1830’s, the trails leading west to the Upper Mississippi valley were white with covered wagons.  Forty-six Yankee wagons carried Galesburg’s first settlers: Presbyterian and Congregationalist farmers and their families, leaving rocky Mohawk Valley for the lush Illinois Prairie.” From the Jacket of “They Broke the Prairie”, by Earnest Elmo Calkins.

History about those settlers as well other prominent Galesburg natives can be found at local museums. Our museums include the newly renovated Discovery Depot Children's Museum and an impressive Railroad Museum. Our Knox County Museum is worth a visit, as well.  Or, take a walk in the garden at the Sandburg Birthplace and pay your respects at Remembrance Rock where Sandburg's ashes are interred.  Galesburg's Welcome Center also contains exhibits about Carl Sandburg, Ronald Reagan, Abe Lincoln and much more! 

Information about our local museums follows.


Carl Sandburg State Historic Site

331 East Third Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born here in a three room cottage on January 6, 1878. From these humble beginnings, Sandburg went on to achieve international acclaim for his poetry, children’s stories, and a six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. A Visito ...

Discovery Depot Children's Museum

128 South Chambers Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

Discovery Depot provides an environment for fun and educational experiences for children and families. Interactive exhibits, programs, and collections stimulate curiosity, promote discovery, and encourage learning. A place where play and learning go hand ...


P.O. Box 1564, Galesburg, Illinois, 61401

The Galesburg Historical Society Museum is located in the Antique Mall. The Antique Mall is three floors of memorabilia and one of kind antiques. However, before enjoying the antiques, ride the elevator to the third floor and visit the museum provided ...

Galesburg Railroad Museum

211 South Seminary Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

We are the Galesburg Railroad Museum, Inc. This brief history of the establishment of, and the equipment in, was prepared in 1996 by the Museum Board of Directors. It was done to preserve, in written form, when and how the Museum was formed, historical da ...

Knox County Museum

33 N Public Square, Knoxville, Illinois, 61448

The new building for the Knox County Historical Museum was completed in 2009 and the grand opening was Sept. 27, 2009. It was designed and constructed by Knoxville native Gil Hebard and his wife Mary, who donated the building after it was finished to the ...

Stockdale Soldier Citizen Museum & VFW

1001 Michigan Avenue, Galesburg, IL, 61401

Located in the Robert Dunlap Room of the Admiral James Stockdale VFW Building, the museum has artifacts from the War of 1812 through Desert Storm. An M-60 tank is in front of the building.