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Amboy Depot Museum

Amboy, IL - Lee County
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Hours:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Thursday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Details

The Amboy Depot Museum is located in a former depot built in 1876 which served as the division headquarters of the Illinois Central Railroad located in Amboy, Illinois. The building is an architecturally unique two-story building built of brick and cut Joliet limestone and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been completely restored both inside and out, and includes the original brick tarmac surrounding the depot and the grounds of the former rail-yard, now preserved as a city park. Also reconstructed were the distinctive chimney caps on the building’s eight chimneys, fully restoring the building to its original exterior configuration. Within the 19 room museum are artifacts of both the history of Amboy and the Illinois Central Railroad. The museum complex also contains a freight house with additional artifacts, a fully restored one-room country schoolhouse, a retired steam engine and a caboose. So, come in to see what’s to be seen at one of the best small-town depot museums to be found anywhere!  Like & follow us on Facebook for hours, events & promotions!

Check out a unique look at the museum via a drone at  https://youtu.be/hwGc7cnMQ-o

MUSEUM HOURS: Thursday 1-4pm /Friday and Saturday 10a- 4pm/Sunday 1-4pm.  CLOSED Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  WINTER HOURS: Closed November  through March 

LOCATION  – Amboy is located on US 52, 2 miles south of US 30. The museum can be found downtown on Main Street, two blocks west of US 52 (turn at Casey’s General Store).

NOTE: Museum doors close 30 minutes before closing time.

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