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Westclox Museum, Peru

#162 of 236 in Museums in Illinois
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
In late 2014, Promier Properties LLC, new owners of the historic Westclox Building, decided to establish a museum within a portion of the former factory building. They dedicated a space and, with the aid of community volunteers, began collecting and archiving artifacts from the lengthy history of Westclox. The museum opened on February 7, 2015 - 35 years to the day of the announcement of the factory closing. Since that time, the non-profit museum has more than quadrupled its collections, thanks to the generosity of people who are interested in preserving the history of this once giant of the industry. The museum is staffed solely by volunteers, allowing the museum to operate without admission fees. Cash donations are gratefully accepted, and new artifacts are added to the displays weekly. The museum also has an excellent research section and several films available. One of the more popular research tools is a database of Tick Talk magazines, the company employee magazine for more than 50 years. Knowledgeable volunteers are always available to assist visitors. The museum is handicapped accessible and group tours are welcome.
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  • I've never met nicer, more enthusiastic volunteers as I did when visiting the Westclox Museum. These folks are ALL IN. And they should be - the items on display are not only fascinating and represent....  more »
  • This is a very interesting place with dedicated people in charge. The history is presented in an outstanding way and people there are former employees!  more »
  • This is so interesting. Short video how the plant had 4,000 workers. To see them at work is amazing. Worth the stop.
  • Small spot full of history. The people their are pretty knowledgeable and it's such a great place

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