History Museum on the Square

The History Museum on the Square is a private, not-for-profit organization that began in 1975 as a Bicentennial project. We raise all necessary program and operating funds through admissions, gift shop sales, special events, memberships, donations and grants.

The History Museum on the Square preserves and exhibits the unique and rich heritage of the place we call home. We have acquired over 100,000 significant artifacts and our fine archival collection contains over 50,000 items. Over 30,000 of those images are remarkable historic photographs.

Phase One of the new History Museum on the Square, set to open in 2016, will become an amazing regional destination. Two classic buildings on Springfield’s historic Route 66 and Park Central Square will be transformed into our new museum offering six magnificent galleries: The Native American Experience, The Children’s Education Mezzanine –Transportation, Trains and Trolleys, Pioneers & Founders Theater, The Civil War in Springfield, The Wild Bill Hickok Interactive Adventure and the Birthplace of Route 66 Gallery. Phase One also includes an amazing first floor gallery for temporary exhibits and special events.

Visitors will explore and engage the past using interactive learning features. High tech exhibits, regional and national traveling exhibitions, walking tours of historic downtown Springfield, an exciting shop with local gifts and books, and unique community rental spaces will be available.

Innovative technology will be used to present the great historical foundations of our community to local and area school children as well as visitors to Springfield.

Our historic Fox Theatre will continue to be used as an additional temporary exhibit space and special event venue. Our current exhibits will be displayed at our Fox Theatre at 157 Park Central Square until the new museum opens.