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Wood River Museum and Visitors Center

40 West Ferguson Avenue
Wood River, IL 62095


About Us:

The Wood River Museum was a joint partnership between the City and the Heritage Council in an effort to preserve our history and educate others about the events and people that shaped our community.  The museum provides displays, research materials and authentic items from previous eras.  During different times of the year, visitors can see themed displays that highlight a specific period or topic in Wood River history.

Museum goers can enjoy displays that begin with the encampment of Lewis & Clark in 1803 to the location of Standard Oil and the subsequent creation of infamous Benbow City.  Further topics include the City's rich sports history, tornados that destroyed parts of town and general items that molded everyday life in Wood River.  More than 2,500 people from all over the United States and some international travels visited the museum last year to learn about the people and events that make Wood River a unique community.  Visitors can purchase various items available through the museum gift shop to remember their visit.

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