Elgin Public Museum

Elgin, Ill.


225 Grand Blvd.
Elgin, Ill. 60120
(847) 741-6655
Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Admission: Suggested donation $2, $1 kids under 12

Built in 1907, the museum offers exhibits and educational programs with natural history and cultural themes.

Tattoo: An American Evolution.  This unique exhibit examines the origins and development of tattoos in American culture, focusing on the history of the American tattoo, stigmatization of tattoos, societal acceptance and mainstreaming, as well a modern developments in tattoo technology.  The exhibition explores the popularity of the tattoo through the traveling sailor, circus culture, military and other groups.  The exhibit was developed by the NIU Museum Studies 2010 Curatorial Practice Class and won an award of excellence from the Illinois Association of Museums. The exhibit runs through March.
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