Labor And Industry Museum
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.
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.