Experience History

Effective May 29, most IDNR sites will reopen to the public. However, historic sites which do not have outdoor acreage, or which typically offer indoor interpretive tours, will remain closed at this time.

Buildings and programming located at these sites will remain CLOSED to the public; however, site grounds will be accessible for walking, exterior viewing, and photos. Please be mindful of other persons on the grounds and observe proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Apple River Fort
  • Bishop Hill
  • Bryant Cottage
  • Cahokia Courthouse
  • Cahokia Mounds
  • Carl Sandburg Home
  • Dana-Thomas House
  • David Davis Mansion
  • Galena Historic Sites (Grant Home, Washburne House, Old Market House)
  • Lincoln Log Cabin
  • Lincoln Tomb and War Memorials
  • Metamora Courthouse
  • Mount Pulaski Courthouse
  • Old State Capitol
  • Postville Courthouse
  • Vachel Lindsay House
  • Vandalia Statehouse

Please note that the Black Hawk, Fort de Chartres, Lewis and Clark, New Salem, and Fort Kaskaskia historic sites are currently open to the public have the same restrictions for entering buildings and prohibited activities. 

State memorials, monuments, and historic sites not listed here will resume previous levels of accessibility before COVID-19, albeit with social distancing guidelines required for all visitors.

Please note, too, that all playgrounds, shelters, special events, and beaches at IDNR sites remain closed until further notice.

Should you have site specific questions, please reach out to the individual site of interest or email DNR.PARKSADMIN@illinois.gov


The Division of Historic Preservation offers endless ways to experience Illinois history. Visit one-of-a-kind sites like Lincoln’s New Salem or Cahokia Mounds. Explore lesser known sites that will surprise you, travel to towns that are preserving their heritage, and plan trips around your interests. 

It’s all here at your fingertips.​