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Civil War Era Quilts now on Display at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery posted May 21, 2014
LOCKPORT, IL— The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery’s new exhibition presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War by uncovering the fascinating stories of Illinois women who rigorously supported their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends from the home front. Read more ...

  Press Information -- ISM Lockport Gallery   

The Lockport Gallery features changing exhibitions of art created by past and contemporary Illinois artists and artisans. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, quilts, and other decorative and ethnographic arts are showcased in rotating, theme-based exhibitions augmented by interpretive materials. The exhibitions are given an added dimension through educational events, group tours, and outreach activities for both children and adults. For further details, please click "Visitor Information" button on the menu to the left and scroll to the bottom of the page. Admission is FREE.

The ISM Lockport Gallery is the only ISM facility located in a historic structure, the Norton Building (see below). 

Features:

  • changing art exhibitions
  • school and group tours
  • special events and programs
  • volunteer program
  • historic setting
  • easy access and free parking

Located in the heart of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, the Lockport Gallery is a popular destination and convenient docking point to access other local attractions. Extend your stay in Lockport and explore the diverse historic, cultural, and recreational opportunities nearby.

Just steps away:

  • Illinois & Michigan Canal (opened 1848)
  • recreation trail
  • historic sites and exhibits
  • nature preserve
  • downtown shopping and dining

THE NORTON BUILDING

The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Norton Building, a massive limestone structure built by Lockport business mogul Hiram Norton around 1850. Strategically placed at the edge of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, the large, arched portals - now windows in the west galleries overlooking the canal and a recreation trail - were originally used as access points for storing, processing, and packaging barrels of grain.

The building - originally constructed to house grain, a supply store, and a dormitory for canal crews -  continued functioning as a grain-processing facility until the 1950s, when it was sold to a steel fabricator.

In 1989 the structure was acquired by Norton Building and Company, Inc., who contracted with archaeologists to excavate the premises before beginning restoration of the building. Excavation uncovered the hydraulic turbines used as a power source during the building's heyday. The company has since developed the Norton Building as a multi-use facility with residential lofts, offices, commercial space, and the Illinois State Museum's Lockport Facility.

The Gallery's adaptive reuse of the Norton Building showcases Illinois art in a striking setting while maintaining a sensitive link to the structure's history. High ceilings and hardwood floors grace the three galleries and provide a comfortable setting for a broad variety of art work. 

Address
201 West 10th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sundays, Noon - 5:00 PM. Closed Saturdays and state holidays. Galleries closed during exhibit changes.
Contact Information
Telephone: 815-838-7400
FAX: 815-838-7448
Email: info-lockport@museum.state.il.us
Parking/Accessibility
Free Parking is available adjacent to the gallery. The Gallery is fully handicapped accessible.
Directions
Located 35 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop, one block from the crossroads of IL Routes 7 and 171 in historic downtown Lockport
Location on MapQuest.

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