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Labor And Industry Museum

123 North Church Street

The Labor & Industry Museum is the only public institution devoted to the history of the labor and industry of Belleville and southwestern Illinois. Belleville was one of the most significant centers for the growth of Illinois industry, which ranked third in the nation in the late 19th century. The Museum's mission is to chronicle and interpret the area's rich cultural heritage of labor and industry.

Belleville contributed significantly to the industrial movement by establishing some of the earliest and largest manufacturing establishments in the burgeoning United States.

The Labor & Industry Museum, is based in the Conrad Bornman House on historic Church Street in Belleville. This 1837 building, rescued from the wrecking ball by the Belleville Historic Preservation Commission, was a witness to the enormous development of the 19th century industry. The building, which has undergone an extensive renovation, houses permanent and special exhibition galleries, as well as an educational center and archives.


Mark Judisch

Monday, April 9, 2018
Really neat little museum with a lot of interesting displays. Volunteers are knowledgeable and very friendly. We were there about three hours but it could easily be done in less time if you didn't look at everything as closely as we did lol.

Tara Primeaux

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
This is a hidden gem in Belleville. The staff their made the museum come alive with their stories. It is worth a visit.

Amy Orchard

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Whether you've lived in Belleville your whole life or visiting for the first time, this small museum is worth a stop for an hour. In a very strong union city, the museum does a wonderful job of painting a picture and capturing employment in the Midwest over the past 200+ years, from ironing to electricity and everything in between. As of Summer 2014 the museum will be expanding to an additional adjacent building, so you can expect more great things to come. Be sure to also checkout the hours of operation on the museum's website to plan your visit.

Travis Loughary

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Ronald Blackwell

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

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