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local_offerDiscover our Native American Indian History at this amazing museum and park.


On Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m, come celebrate Native American culture during Museum Week. Rudy Vallejo, a member of the Kickapoo Nation, will share with visitors the Eagle Dance and the Hoop Dance along with Native American drumming and singing provided by Spirit of the Water drum group on Wednesday June 13th and Thursday the 14th from 10-12 and 1-3 at the Watch Tower Lodge at Black Hawk State Historic Site. His tipi will be set up in the Lodge and available for visitors to view. The dances and singing will be the same for all four times. This event is free.


Address: 1510 46th Avenue, Rock Island

Phone: 309-788-9536

Website: http://blackhawkpark.org/

Admission:  Free

Hours: The museum closes from noon to 1 p.m. each day for lunch.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and some major holidays. The park is open to the public during daylight hours.

Black Hawk State Historic Site - is a wooded, steeply rolling 208-acre tract - bordering the Rock River in Rock Island County. Prehistoric Indians and nineteenth-century settlers made their homes here, but the area is most closely identified with the Sauk nation and the warrior-leader whose name it bears - Black Hawk. The site, which is also noted for its many natural features, is managed by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources.

Guided tours of the museum are given by appointment by calling phone 309-788-9536. The museum, lodge, and restrooms are handicapped accessible.

The Hauberg Indian Museum, located in the lodge constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934, interprets the story of the Sauk and Meskwaki Native American Indian tribes.  The collection of Dr. John Hauberg, a Rock Island philanthropist, forms the basis of the museum's collection, which features full-size replicas of Sauk winter and summer houses. Dioramas with life-size figures depict activities of the Sauk and Meskwaki people typical of the period 1750 to 1830. Many artifacts, including authentic trade goods, jewelry, and domestic items are displayed. Children can enjoy searching for animals hiding in the exhibits by participating in a scavenger hunt.

Audio Tour Now Available at the Museum

The 24-minute recording takes the listener through ten stops. The narration describes the life of the Sauk and Meskwaki Nations from 1750 to 1830 and expands on the information given in the exhibit labels. The script was narrated by Craig Sechler of PBS “Nova” and National Geographic programs, local actor Pat Flaherty, WLLR’s Craig Michaels, Mike Kennedy of St. Ambrose University, children’s book author Nancy Nehlsen and Riley Kelly.

Wednesday9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday9:00 am - 4:00 pm
location_on1510 46th Avenue, Rock Island
descriptionAbout John Hauberg Indian Museum
Replicas of the Sauk winter and summer houses, along with dioramas and life-size figures depicting the activities of the Sauk and Meskwaki people in this museum situated in Black Hawk State Historic Site. You will also enjoy the model replica of the original Sauk Village that was located near the park and a Civilian Conservation Corps exhibit is also located in the lodge. Feel free to wander through the museum and lodge. If you would like a guided tour of the museum, please call ahead to make arrangements.

Admission: Donations appreciated