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Native American Museum


The Native American Museum is located in beautiful Dobbs Memorial Park.  It is the only museum of its kind to be operated by a city parks department in the Midwest.  Our permanent displays feature the life ways of the native peoples of the Northeast Woodlands, and we have numerous temporary exhibits as well.


Native Americans are enthusiastic gardeners, and we have an Heirloom Garden, in which we grow traditional vegetables and other plants.  Many students and others have found our library helpful, and our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you with your research or genealogy. 

We also have speakers who can address groups, as well as tours and other types of activities for organizations.  Group Program Information 

Scout troops find us helpful when they are earning their badges. 

We offer monthly Saturday programs that feature topics of interest to people of all ages.  Saturday Program Information

The Native American Museum has also been a member of the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices Project since 2004.  Sponsored by Indiana State University, the project's goal is to digitize the collections of local libraries and museums, and is a valuable tool for educators, as well as the general public. 

More information: Wabash Valley Visions & Voices

Please join us for our Native American flute circle the third Saturday of each month from 1 to 3  pm.  Bring your flute or drum and join us for lots of fun and great music!  Free.  All ages welcome. 

Illinois is the site of Cahokia, the largest city in pre-contact North America.  At its height, around 1200-1400 A.D., it housed over 20,000 people.  Stop by for a visit the next time you head west on I-70!

  • In addition to our permanent collection, we have temporary exhibits, which currently include: 

  • Small Souls: the World of Mothers and Children

  • Tobacco, the Sacred Plant



Museum Hours:
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
closed Sundays, Mondays, Election Day, and all legal holidays
Phone 812-877-6007



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