1100 Canal Street
Ottawa IL 61350
Phone: 815-431-9353 or 815-433-1361
Hours: Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday and holidays)
Cost: $3 for adults, $2 for youth (group rates available upon request)
The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of boy scouts, girl scouts, campfire and the Ottawa, Illinois area.
Ottawa, Illinois is the home and final resting place of one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, William Dickson Boyce. W. D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910, and the Lone Scouts of America in 1915. This museum houses the famed collections of the Lone Scout Memory Lodge, formerly located in North Carolina, the most extensive collection of Robert Baden-Powell memorabilia in the United States (English scouting) and superior exhibits relating to youth scouting programs for the last 100 years. Additionally, the museum features hiking trails suitable for youth and adults, as well as a Geocaching Trail which has drawn international visitors.
The Ottawa portion of the museum features collections of memorabilia relating to Ottawa’s historic past. Located on the Illinois-Michigan Canal, Ottawa was a booming canal town in the 1800s, with industry all along the lateral canal. The museum exhibits artifacts from the past, including a carriage manufactured by the Gay Buggy Company, pianos from the Weaver Piano Factory, an organ from the Western Cottage Organ, marbles from the Peltier Marble Factory, farm equipment from Porter Manufacturing and King and Hamilton, photographic exhibits from some of our local mansions, a dress worn by a local woman during the first Lincoln-Douglas Debates, held in Ottawa in 1858, and other exhibits.
GIFT SHOP & MEETING SPACE
The museum has a fine gift shop featuring a variety of products for purchase. We also have a room that will accommodate up to 60 people that is available to rent for birthdays, showers, general meetings. The museum is located at 1100 Canal Street, Ottawa, Illinois, and is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday and holidays). Admission fees are $3 for adults, $2 for youth (group rates available upon request). You may contact the museum at 815.431.9353 during regular business hours, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.