History and Heritage, Banquets and Meetings

Northwest Territory Historic Center

Dixon , IL

The Northwest Territory Historic Center (formerly known as the Dixon Historic Center) is a History Research and Learning Center housed in President Ronald Reagan's boyhood South Central School; located in his hometown of Dixon, Illinois.  Beautifully restored with the dedicated support of the townspeople and Reagan colleagues, the Center is proudly affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The Center features an auditorium, research library, historical exhibits, art gallery, surround-sound theater and museum store.

A visit to the Northwest Territory Historic Center includes: The Unchanged Land-an interactive exhibit on Native American & Black Hawk War; The Changing Land-an interactive exhibit on early American Farming; "Dutch" Reagan's Restored Classroom; Rock River Assembly Diorama; Chautauqua Assembly Building Model; Earth from Space Poster Exhibit; President Reagan History Room; Walgreen History Room; Original Reagan Movie Posters; Original Ronald Reagan Diplomas; Beautifully Restored Gymnasium Art Gallery; Museum Store; Historical Paintings On Every Floor; Surround-Sound Theater; Restored Auditorium with Stage; Veteran Interview Center; Changing Historical Exhibits and museum store.

April 1st to October 31st

  • 9 am - 4 pm
  • Tuesday through Saturday
  • Closed Sunday and Monday

November 1st to March 31st

  • 9 am - 4 pm
  • Monday through Friday
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

No admission charge - Donations accepted.

Schedule a guided tour for groups or school field trips! Looking for a unquie settingfor your next event? Rent select rooms for your next meeting, reception, wedding, reunion or what have you. Call for pricing.

Additional Info

  • What To Do: History and Heritage, Banquets and Meetings
  • Address: 205 W. 5th Street
  • City: Dixon
  • State: IL
  • Postcode: 61021
  • Telephone: (815) 288-5508
  • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Open to Public?: Yes
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