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Black Hawk State Historic Site and John Hauberg Museum will feature a new, temporary exhibit that tells the story of the John Hauberg Museum in celebration of the 80th anniversary of its dedication.

Learn about the role John Hauberg and the Civilian Conservation Corps played in creating this beloved landmark and see what the museum looked like before the 1977 remodel.  Learn about the amusement park an original lodge that once graced this park and attracted thousands of people each day.

While you’re there, pick up a scavenger hunt at the front desk to find and identify the animals hiding around the museum or check out the activity table!

After a trip to the museum, take a hike along the beautiful woodland park trails to see the beauty of the outdoors.


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