St. Charles History Museum


The organization that operates the historic archive at the St. Charles History Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Museum holds more than 15,000 artifacts and 10,000 photographs in its archive. 

The building that now houses the museum used to be a McCornack Oil Company gas station serving St. Charles residents between the years 1928 until 1990. The museum opened to the public in May 2001. The location of the building is 215 East Main Street, located in the heart of St. Charles on Main Street. 

Inside the museum is the Curious Fox Gift Shop for those who would like a souvenir of their hometown. There are also many permanent and temporary exhibits for curious visitors. The Colonial Anderson Room is also located in the museum, as well as photo and research archives and a storage-preservation repository for the Museum’s collections.

The St. Charles History Museum’s Jack & Kathy Brens Exhibit Hall features temporary exhibits. The Hall is located along the left hand wall of the main exhibit area, where a permanent exhibit stands. This permanent exhibit has a rotating display that explores the history of St. Charles and how it came to be. 

The Makings of St. Charles Exhibit


The Makings of St. Charles exhibit showcases the many components of the city’s growth, as well as its origins. From a small settlement 40 miles outside of Chicago, to its growth as a getaway destination for city dwellers, to the present day, and everything in between – like its time as a Civil War training ground, the St. Charles museum educates visitors on it all. Highlighted especially are the places, things and people that helped make the city become known as “The Pride of the Fox.”

Grants from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, along with the Grand Victoria Riverboat Grant, as well as the hard work of the dedicated staff and volunteers, has made this project possible. The St. Charles History Museum is open to the public for free, although a suggested donation of $5 per family is appreciated. 

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