Telling the stories that make history come alive

Union Depot Railroad Museum

Union Depot Railroad Museum

The restored portion of the 1888 Union Depot provides a perfect setting for a memorable, lifelike HO train layout of Mendota in the 1930s and railroad memorabilia.

Hume-Carnegi Museum

Hume-Carnegie Museum

A completely restored 1904 Carnegie Library provides the perfect setting for a display of Mendota's past. Experience a photographic collection cover 150 years of area history.

Breaking the Prairie Museum

Breaking the Prairie Museum

The glass walls of this replica barn provide year-round open viewing of rotating displays, such as antique tools used to break the Illinois prairie and other early farm equipment.

Vistit Us From Anywhere!

We now have 360° interactive tours available of some of our museums. Stay tuned for more features to be added!

Museum Interactive Tours

Mendota Museum & Historical Society

The vision of the Mendota Museum & Historical Society is to offer our buildings, collections, displays, and events, highlighting Mendota's rich past history of people, industry, railroading, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, and culture, to the public, our community, current and future generations, for the purpose of education, innovation and enjoyment.

Parties & Rentals

Looking for a unique place to hold your special event? The Golden Trencher Car at Union Depot can be rented for birthdays, tea parties, and social gatherings. The Country Chapel is a perfect spot to rent for weddings, vow renewals, confirmations, and special church services! Contact us today for more information about renting one of these spaces.

Upcoming Events

2024-01-20

Family Game Night

On Saturday, January 20, 2024, join us in the Hume-Carnegie Museum Conference Room for board games or bring your own family-friendly game to play.  
Enter the building on the north side at 901 Washington Street.

4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free (donations are gratefully accepted)

Refreshments available for purchase

 

2024-01-20

2024-02-17

Family Game Night

On Saturday, February 17, 2024, join us in the Hume-Carnegie Museum Conference Room for board games or bring your own family-friendly game to play.
Enter the building on the north side at 901 Washington Street.

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Admission: Free (donations are gratefully accepted)

Refreshments available for purchase

2024-02-17

2024-03-16

Family Game Night

On Saturday, March 16, 2024, join us in the Hume-Carnegie Museum Conference Room for board games or bring your own family-friendly game to play.
Enter the building on the north side at 901 Washington Street.

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Admission: Free (donations are gratefully accepted)

Refreshments available for purchase

2024-03-16