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The Elgin Public Museum was first known as the Lord Memorial Museum. It later on became the Elgin Audobon Museum when its building opened on November 12, 1920. When the Elgin Audobon Society was disbanded, the City of Elgin?s Department of Public Property and Recreation took over the operations of the Museum, which changed its name to the Elgin Public Museum in 1975.

The Museum?s building has gained recognition from the National Registry of Historic Place as an example of Neo-Classical architecture and for its historical significance in Elgin.

After additions and changes to the building, the Museum reopened in 200. It features new exhibits such as Exploring the Waterways: The LaSalle Expedition, the Nature of Elgin, and a Children?s Discovery Room.
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