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This is a list of museums and attractions in Quincy, Illinois.


  • 1930s Preserving Agriculture Museum - features John Deere agriculture machinery that would have been found on a farm in the Midwest during the 1930s; open by appointment
  • All Wars Museum - located in the Illinois Veterans Home, has had its home in Quincy since the Civil War; features a small zoo/park, space rocket at the back gates, and military equipment on display throughout the facility
  • Dollhouses Then & Now - features over 70 vintage furnished dollhouses from the 1920s onward
  • Dr. Richard Eells House - 1835 house that was a site on the Underground Railroad; open for group tours and for special events
  • John Wood Mansion - home of John Wood, founder of Quincy, 12th governor of Illinois, operated by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, includes exhibits of local history
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center - focus is the history of the Lincoln–Douglas debates and Quincy’s stories of Lincoln and Douglas’s friendships and influences in the Quincy area
  • Mississippi Valley Auto Museum - features cars from the start, such as the Model A; under closure threat
  • Quincy Museum - one of Quincy's most notable mansions, includes exhibits on animals, dinosaurs, space and Native Americans
  • Villa Kathrine - Moroccan-style mansion and area visitors center
  • World Aero Space Museum - five miles east of Quincy at the regional airport, houses some of America's top fighter planes from the Cold War era; open by appointment



  • John Wood Community College - features the Heath Center Art Gallery, located in the lower level of the Paul Heath Community Education and Fine Arts Center
  • Muddy River Opera Company - founded in 1989, dedicated to presenting professional operatic performances and educational opportunities for the tri-state area
  • Oakley-Lindsay Center - a half mile from Quincy's downtown and 3 blocks from the Mississippi; the area's convention complex ready for anything reserved; the Quincy Community Theater also resides in this building with many performances that almost match those of Broadway
  • Quincy Art Center - exhibitions feature local, regional and nationally recognized artists in addition to juried competitions and their permanent collection
  • Quincy University - the Brenner Library includes the Gray Gallery with exhibitions by nationally-noted and regional artists, as well as works by students and faculty


  • Clatt Adams Bicentennial Park - rests in between the Quincy Memorial Bridge and the Quincy Bayview Bridge and offers a scenic view of the Mississippi, especially at sunset
  • Downtown Quincy Historic District
  • Jesus Tree - an old tree located in Calvary Cemetery that supposedly has the image of Jesus holding a lamb embedded in its bark
  • Maid-Rite - the restaurant in this franchise is located on North 12th Street, near the entrance to Blessing Hospital
  • Quinsippi Island - located in the middle of the Mississippi, the isle of Quinsippi; The park features a historic village with log cabins for exterior viewing, much like those of the 19th century. visitors can hike or bike across the island through many of the island hiking trails
  • Quincy National Cemetery - located on Maine & 36th Streets; serves as the final resting place of the nation's fallen heroes from the region
  • South Side German Historic District
  • Stone Arch Bridge in South Park - located on the south side of Quincy; bordered on the north by R.J Peters Road, on the east by 12th Street, on the west by 8th street, and on the south by Curtis Creek; features a baseball diamond, playground, many hiking trails, ponds, and in the winter is a popular spot for sledding and snowboarding due to its vast rolling hills
  • Woodland Cemetery - opened in 1846, located on a bluff above the river, features burials of many prominent area residents

Registered Historic Places

  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company Building
  • Downtown Quincy Historic District
  • Ernest M. Wood Office and Studio
  • John Wood Mansion
  • Morgan-Wells House
  • One Thirty North Eighth Building
  • Quincy East End Historic District
  • Quincy Northwest Historic District
  • Richard F. Newcomb House - home to the Quincy Museum
  • Robert W. Gardner House
  • S.J. Lesem Building
  • South Side German Historic District
  • State Savings Loan and Trust
  • U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
  • Villa Kathrine - a romantic house built on the bluffs of the Mississippi; the castle is also designated as an Illinois Welcome Center
  • William S. Warfield House
  • Woodland Cemetery

Regional events

  • Adams County Fair
  • Avenue of Lights - Christmas lights fill Moorman Park
  • Big Dam Film Festival - independent film festival
  • Blues in the District - local and national bands play jazz or blues in front of a public audience at Washington Square
  • Bridge The Gap To Health - a race across the Bayview Bridge to help fund the cure for diseases
  • The Crossing Church - one of America's fastest growing mega-churches; hosts the Journey To Bethlehem, where visitors can take a journey to witness the birth of the baby Jesus; filled with amusements, animals, and a walk through the woods
  • Dogwood Festival - parade and festival including amusements at Washington Square to celebrate the flowering dogwood tree
  • Gus Macker - the largest 3-3 basketball championship in the state
  • 4th of July at The River - music, movies, amusements, and fireworks by the Bayview Bridge
  • Knights of Columbus BBQ - amusements and games at the Knights of Columbus Park
  • Midwest Vinetage Go-Kart Race & Show, Racers from all over the Midwest gather to show their skills at go-kart racing.
  • Movies on the Muddy - movies shown outside once a month at the edge of the Mississippi
  • Pepsi Little People's Golf Championships - the largest international golf tournament in the United States for ages 3 to 21
  • Quincy Races & Monster Jam
  • Rock The River - bands perform at the edge of the Mississippi
  • Smoke on the River - BBQ competition, held annually since 2007 on the second weekend of September, located at Kesler Park and The Dock
  • Soap Box Derby - young racers compete to win prizes and continue into the nationals
  • Titan Wheel Firecracker Classic
  • U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournament - the largest fishing contest in the US
  • WGEM Home & Living Show - convention that shows the newest home goods

Past events

Quincy is a former home of the World Freefall Convention. The convention ("boogie") was the skydiving world's most heavily attended event. Quincy set the world record with 5,732 skydivers from 55 countries in August, 2000. The event is now held annually in Rantoul, Illinois. The convention was not invited to return to Quincy as a result of numerous brushes with local law enforcement by attendees, including petty theft, vandalism, and rampant drug use.

The Gardner Museum of Architecture & Design provided a view of historic architecture from Quincy's historic past and stained glass architecture from all over the world; it closed in 2012.

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