Last updated: 2/16/2013
Marie Louise Olmstead Memorial Museum
Somonauk, Illinois
Street Address
105 S. Depot
Somonauk, IL 60531
Mailing Address
4517 E. 23rd Rd
Leland, IL 60552
phone: 815-498-3537
Please call during museum hours or Jim Meyer can be reached anytime at 815-498-2417.
Sunday2 PM - 4 PM
except some holiday weekends.
Gift Shop
Marilyn Rasmusen, Friend o the Museum
phone: 815-498-3154

Described as "a hidden gem" of local cultural, natural and prehistoric history for lower DeKalb and upper LaSalle Counties.


To preserve and display local history. We are seeking more involvement with local schools.


Mr. Olmstead gave the museum to Somonauk about 1950; his original collection started about 1920.

Artifact Collections

Historic costume, prehistoric and Amerindian tools, Victorian handicrafts, shells, coins, preserved animals, antique furniture, lighting, agricultural artifacts

Research Collections

photos, letters, ledgers, books, genealogies.

Educational Programs

Tours for school classes or for organizations are available at no cost.


not for profit corporation Board of Directors


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Gift Shop

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