Museum of the Grand Prairie

Museum of the Grand Prairie

The Museum of the Grand Prairie will continue to uphold all necessary public health guidelines and restrictions to keep our patrons and staff safe. However, we have made a handful of changes to our operations in response to Bridge Phase Mitigations put in place by the State of Illinois on May 14, 2021. Those changes include: 

  • Maximum capacity at the museum under State of IL Bridge Phase Mitigations =  60% or 120 patrons at once.
  • Patrons will no longer be asked to register in advance to visit the museum. Patrons may simply walk-in during our open hours.
  • Museum staff will no longer ask for and record patrons’ contact information for contact tracing purposes.
  • All other public health guidelines and restrictions previously in place will be upheld and they include the following:
    • Open Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 1-5 pm; Closed Sunday & Monday
    • Masks or other face coverings must be worn by museum patrons at all times.
    • Guests must maintain a safe distance of 6 feet between staff and other museum patrons not affiliated with their party.
    • Guests should use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the building. Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be made available throughout the facility. Guests are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands often.
    • If you are showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.
    • Museum visitation is reserved for the general public. Group visits are not being scheduled at this time.
    • The first hour of every Wednesday will be reserved for persons over 65 and other vulnerable groups.
    • Visitors should note that many hands-on, interactive experiences may be closed or removed temporarily as required by the governor’s office and local public health officials. The Museum of the Grand Prairie’s Discovering Home exhibit, on the lower level, will be closed until further notice. 
    • Bathrooms and popular public areas will be cleaned on a regular basis.

 All guests who do not comply with the above rules and guidelines will not be allowed entry into the museum or may be asked to leave.

The Museum of the Grand Prairie and Champaign County Forest Preserve District strives to keep its users safe while offering great educational opportunities. It is likely that we will increase hours in the coming months if the COVID-19 virus statistics improve. Meanwhile, the Museum and Education Department will continue to offer excellent programming on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Find us there!

The Museum of the Grand Prairie at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet offers dynamic exhibits, programs and events rich in local history. During your visit, head outside to enjoy the Discovery Garden, the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden and hiking trails in natural areas.


Our regular hours are reduced due to COVID-19. Please note statement above regarding the museum's current hours.

The Museum of the Grand Prairie is open March-December
March - May: 1pm to 5 pm daily
June - August: 10 am to 5 pm daily
September - December: 1pm to 5 pm daily

Admission is free.

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