Visitors Guide to the
Illinois Veterans' Home
& All Wars Museum

1707 N. 12th Street
Quincy, Illinois
217-222-8641 ext. 338

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In 1885, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to establish a soldiers' and sailors' home for disabled Illinois veterans of the Mexican and Civil Wars. In 1886 Governor Richard Oglesby decided on Quincy as the site of the new home and in that same year the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home was formally dedicated. The name was changed in 1973 to the "Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy" and the facility is operated by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy is the largest and oldest veterans’ home of the four in Illinois and one of the larger and older veterans’ homes in the country. Peak membership was reached in 1909 when there were 1,654 members with today’s residents numbering approximately 450. The Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy has often been labeled as "the city within the city" because of its size and unique set up. The facility is comprised of over 25 buildings and sits upon 210 beautiful acres on the northern edge of Quincy. It is equipped with its own post office, bank, assembly hall, guest house, mini post exchange, chapel, cemetery, lake, animal park, museum, and several military related historical sites. It not only generates its own electrical power, but also owns and maintains it own water, sewer, gas, telephone, data network systems its own publication and television station as well.

The All Wars Museum is located on the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy. The museum has been in operation since 1975. The mission of the museum is to preserve and exhibit artifacts and equipment relevant to the history of America's military engagements. The museum has over 5,000 artifacts from every United States military engagement dating from the Revolutionary War through to today’s current conflicts. The museum has put these artifacts together into exhibits arranged in a timeline of the history of military engagements of the United States of America. Large pieces such as helicopters, tanks, jeeps, and a Titan II missile can be seen outside of the museum and at places throughout the grounds. The grounds can be visited by the public and also feature a bison and deer park. The All Wars Museum maintains a resource room that is open to anyone wanting to do research on military history.

Visiting the Illinois Veterans' Home & All Wars Museum
     The grounds are open to the public from am - pm
    
The Museum Season runs from March 1 - December 7
     Visiting Hours
         
Tuesday through Saturday: 9 am - 12 pm and from 1 pm - 4 pm
          Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
          The Museum is closed on Mondays
         
Guided tours of the facility are available to individuals, classes, and organizations by contacting the curator at 222-8641, ext. 338.
     The grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy are open to the public from 8 am - 4:30 pm.
There is no charge to visit the Illinois Veterans' Home & All Wars Museum


Location: From downtown Quincy follow Broadway (IL-104) east to 12th Street and turn north. From I-172 exit 14 (Broadway) follow IL-104 west through Quincy to 12th Street and turn north. The Illinois Veterans’ Home & All Wars Museum is approximately 1 mile north of Broadway at the intersection of Locust and 12th Street.

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