630-406-5274 | 155 Houston Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510
Building community, connections, and pride-of-place for two generations.
Expanding to inspire, educate, delight, retain, and attract community members and visitors with our growing rich history presented in contemporary, high quality exhibits and experiences.
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Batavia Depot Museum History
THE MUSEUM
Why Expand the Museum Now?

While most of our visitors come from the immediate area, over 35% of them are from out of state or other countries. How will a 5,000 square foot expansion serve this diverse group of visitors?

The ability to host traveling programs from national museums.

The “Welcome to Batavia Center” will be the cornerstone of the Batavia Riverwalk.

An enhanced set of educational opportunities for interns and advanced study students.

We’ll fulfill our commitment to meet the needs of the growing and evolving community.

With this expansion, we will continue our mission and ensure relevance for future generations.

LINCOLN HISTORY
NATURAL HISTORY
WINDMILL HISTORY
INDUSTRIAL HISTORY
COMMUNITY HISTORY
DEPOT HISTORY
COLLECTIONS AT THE GUSTAFSON RESEARCH CENTER

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Photos provided by The Batavia Depot Museum appear in the National Archives “Rod Ross Memorial Day” video. Having spoken at the museum’s dedication, I knew it was the place to go for the images we needed to complete our project. Another link to the museum is the marble-topped dresser, donated by my family, presumably used by Mary Lincoln in Bellevue during her residence in Batavia’s Bellevue Place Sanitarium. I’ve left Batavia, but Batavia has never left me. Good luck with the campaign.

Rodney Ross – Retired Archivist, Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives

More than a generation has passed since the Depot Museum opened. Since then, we have hosted over 100,000 visitors, 15,000 students and many college interns who have chosen history as a career. Imagine how we will serve the community in the future.
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The Batavia Historical Society: Preserving the Past, Building the Future
Through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the history of Batavia, the Batavia Depot Museum memorializes the accomplishments of Batavians while enriching public knowledge and creating leisure and educational opportunities for the community.
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