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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

1100 Canal Street, Ottawa, IL 61350-4940
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A Scouting Museum in the city where the Scouting Pioneer in the U.S.A. lived

This is a very unique museum in that Mr. Boyce lived in Ottawa. He learned of scouting while in... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Hans A
Ottawa, Illinois
Neat Place

We stopped by here on our way out of town. Was a little before official opening but we were allowed... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2016
Carmel, Indiana
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“local history” (4 reviews)
“neat place” (2 reviews)
1100 Canal Street, Ottawa, IL 61350-4940
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a very unique museum in that Mr. Boyce lived in Ottawa. He learned of scouting while in London, England, when a young boy offered to escort him across the street. He came back home to the U.S.A. and started the Boy Scouts of...More

Thank Hans A
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We stopped by here on our way out of town. Was a little before official opening but we were allowed to enter. Lots of fun scouting memorabilia and information. If you are into scouting it is great! The Ottawa historical part was interesting too. If...More

Thank HoosierHank
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We were in Ottawa to explore Staved Rock and found the museum through Trip Advisor. It was worth the visit. Past reviewer said the staff hovered, but that wasn't our experience. We explored the Scout history and local town history collections and were impressed. Admission...More

1  Thank Shelli P
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Surprised this wasn't busier for a Saturday. Also had a section on local history, but I just went to the Scouting Museum. Staff was helpful, but did hover a bit He seemed a little bored and glad to see somebody. The displays were great! Very...More

Thank genealogyresearch
Reviewed 16 October 2015

The history of the boy scouts was interesting. Nice collection of the local history as well. The staff was friendly and well informed.

Thank mhc204
Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Good exhibit of local Ottawa history, especially the old mansions and their owners. Great display about Peltier Glass

Thank Cubfanatic
Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

Lots of scout memorabilia and a nice section on Camp Fire Girls. In spite of the museum help hovering over you, it's worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 10 September 2015

This first started out to be a Scout Museum. Now it includes many artifacts from the area. I was pleasantly surprised at just how much of Ottawa and LaSalle County items were included. It was very interesting for me as I live in the area.

Thank phylr1617
Reviewed 12 July 2015

This is an excellent museum. A great source for scouting and local history. There are some displays that are seasonal. It's a little hard to find if you're not from town. Periodically, they hold craft days for kids (build a birdhouse, etc)

Thank Marjorie N
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Having been in CUBS, BOYS, & EXPLORER scouting, I found this place to be an EXCEPTIONAL visit. There may be other SCOUTING historical COLLECTIONS, but I had never seen a collection like this. The curators have done a great job of displaying the collections appropriately.

Thank JpDrumr
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