Exhibitions for All Ages

The Gaylord Building has featured a range of exhibits on the history of the canal: the people who built it, the towns that prospered along it, and the landscape that was shaped by it.

The First Floor Gallery

On the ground floor is the permanent exhibit Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent, which examines the impact of the Illinois & Michigan Canal on the development of the northeastern Illinois. Blending artifacts, historic photos and an engaging interpretive text, the exhibit provides visitors with an introduction to the role that the I & M Canal played in shaping Illinois' destiny. The Illinois State Historical Society awarded the exhibit a Superior Achievement for exhibitions. Part of the citation states, “Based on extensive and impeccable research, the exhibition is a model of high quality design in service of sound educational goals.”

Second and Third Floor Galleries

The upper galleries are temporarily closed for exciting changes coming in the near future.

Contact Us:
200 W. 8th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
Phone (815) 838-9400
Fax (815) 838-9449
info@gaylordbuilding.org

Exhibition Gallery:
Monday thru Friday
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday
11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Group Tours:
By appointment
Call: (815) 838-9400

Office Hours:
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9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

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