New Philadelphia Exhibit

The New Philadelphia Town Site is the original site of the now-vanished town of “New Philadelphia”, Illinois. It is located near the city of Barry, in Pike County. Founded in 1836, it was the first town in the United States platted and registered by an African American before the American Civil War. The founder Free Frank McWorter was a former slave who was able to save money from work and his own business to purchase the freedom of his wife, himself and 13 members of his family in Kentucky. Exhibit available to tourists during regular museum hours. Click here for more information.

Second Chance Christmas
April 8, 3:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m.

For those who didn’t spend Christmas traveling the world to enjoy ethnic cuisines, this is your opportunity! Six continents of the world will be represented with visual and gastronomic delights. Costumed hosts will offer an array of ethnic foods for sampling. Visitors may vote on their favorite food, table decorations, and costumes. Please come and bring your friends and family members, and share the food, fun and excitement.

Museum Hours
Winter Hours
Tuesday through Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM

Special events and private guided tours can be made outside of general admission times. Please call the office to schedule your event.

Admission to The Museum

Donations encouraged


Phone: (217 ) 391-6323
Toll Free: (877) 757-2247

  • Address
    1440 Monument Avenue
    Springfield, Illinois 62702