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Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

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The Lockport Gallery celebrates Illinois through changing exhibits featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, quilts, and other media created by the state’s artists and artisans. These rotating, theme-based exhibits are supplemented and showcased through educational events, group tours, and outreach programs for all ages.

An Illinois State Museum (ISM) facility, the Lockport Gallery is located in a structure that is itself a work of art and history. The historic Norton Building was constructed on the banks of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1850 to serve as a grain-processing facility. Today, the building is a multi-use facility housing residential lofts, offices, commercial space, and the Lockport Gallery. The gallery’s space gracefully incorporates the building’s original features, including high ceilings, hardwood floors, and large windows - once arched portals used for loading and unloading.