French Heritage Museum

Explore & Celebrate

the French involvement in the history of the Kankakee River Valley - the first explorers and missionaries, the coureurs de bois and fur traders, and the pioneer settlers from France, French Canada, and Belgium. 

Today, our French heritage continues to play a distinctive role in our community’s identity.

OPEN: April - December

Hours: Saturdays 1:00-4:00 pm


CLOSED: April 16th, May 28th, July 2nd, September 3rd, & December 24th

Upcoming Events (1-4pm):

August 27, 2022 - Family Day - Local Dutch Genealogy 

October 29, 2022 - Trick or Treating

November & December Saturdays - Holiday Display

December 17, 2022 - Hot Chocolate Day

*Admission is always FREE (donations are appreciated)

165 North Indiana Avenue, Kankakee, IL 60901

National  Register of Historic Places:
Listed in 1979  as the Lemuel Milk Carriage House

For more information, call Kankakee County Museum 815-932-5279 (Tuesday-Friday 10:00-4:00).


French-Canadian & Belgian Emigration Recording

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