Street Address
Wabash County Museum
320 North Market Street
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 512
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
phone: 618-262-8774
Museum Type(s)
Claudia Dant, Board President
Bill Mckiddy, Office Manager
phone: 618-262-8774


The Wabash County Museum has just moved into expanded quarters in a handicapped accessible building. New features are a research library, children's hands on area (to be developed), a permanent exhibit on Mt. Carmel native, Brace Beemer, radio's longest running and best known Lone Ranger, a timeline of local history illustrated with artifacts, temporary and changing exhibits on various topics. Educational programs are offered on a regular basis. Mt. Carmel was known as the "Little City of Great Music" and a exhibit is devoted to music. Its centerpieces are a square grand piano and a Meissner radio produced in Mt. Carmel. An oversize dollhouse with original furnishings from the 1930's was built like the home of its owner. The museum also owns a large collection of medical and surgical tools. Space allows for traveling exhibits and a small gift shop.


The Wabash County Museum District was organized in 1991 and the museum opened in 1992 in the Burkett House, named for the donor family. The Italianate brick structure was used until the summer of 2005 when the museum moved to the former Cowling Furniture store only 1 block away. Past exhibit have included, World War II, the American Civil War, Oil history of Wabash County, Architecture, church history, The Influence of the Automobile on Wabash County, Neiborhood Grocery Stores, Banking History, Medicine, art contests, geology, railroading, music and many others.

Artifacts Collections

photos, books, banking documents, medical and surgical tools, tools, domestic items, tax records, musical instruments, military uniforms, women's clothing, mussell shelling equipment,

Research Collections

genealogy, local history, banking

Educational Programs

lectures, programs, gallery tours, annual exhibit on the civil war for 5th grade students


    Wabash County Museum District


    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: No


    Wheelchair Accessible