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Bartlett Depot Museum
Mission Statement

The Bartlett Depot Museum interprets and shares the legacy of the community's railroading heritage with the public through exhibitions, education and media to increase awareness and knowledge of the past, present and future significance of the railroad industry in Bartlett.

100 W. Railroad Ave.
Bartlett, Il. 60103
Admission: Free
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Pam Rohleder, Director

Summer Operating Hours - June 1 to August 31
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1st & 3rd Saturday of month
9 a.m. to noon

Kids' Care & Share Craft at the Depot Museum
Saturday, 8/5, from 9 a.m. to noon
Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue

Care! & Share! is the new program for families who come to the Bartlett Depot Museum on the first Saturday of the month. As part of the free children's craft offered each month, kids will have the opportunity to make a second free craft item to share with a select group or civic organization. The goal for this simple act is to spread the message of caring throughout the community. Registration is not necessary but supplies are limited.

Saturday, 8/5 - a craft for the "Dog Days of Summer"
Saturday, 9/2 - the Depot Museum will be closed for the Labor Day holiday


Walk in the Footsteps of History
Saturday, 9/9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue

Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue, will be open on Heritage Days Saturday, 9/9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop in anytime for a free kids craft and to pick up a free, self-guided downtown walking tour. The first 100 visitors will enjoy a complementary refreshing ice water in a color changing glass that is yours to keep.

For a more formal walking tour, join the museums' assistant for a free 30 to 40 minute stroll in the heart of old Bartlett. Learn about the history of the buildings and businesses that established this community. Meet at the Bartlett Depot Museum promptly at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. No registration is required.



Current Exhibits

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How do you communicate to someone without speaking? Before walkie-talkies, telephones and wi-fi, people involved with the railroad used some unique methods of communication. Flags, lanterns, their hands, semaphores, code and symbols were used to send and receive messages without saying one word. Now you can "talk" this way too. Visit the museum and learn how!






logo for fun Metra history knowledge quizMetra is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. How much do you know about its history? Test your expertise with Metraknowledgy, the new 10-question exhibit quiz at the Bartlett Depot Museum. Learn about Metra through images and objects from the museums' collection.



All Aboard: Operation Station Restoration

Hanging the Bartlett sign
August 30, 2010- Workers hang a replica of the original "Bartlett." depot exterior sign.  Work was completed just in time for the September 12 dedication festivities.

Have you seen the old depot lately? The transformation is amazing! When the Bartlett Depot Museum opened its doors on September 12, 2010, the Village's original depot was back in service, but in a whole new way.

New windows and doors, that replicate the originals, have been installed and new wood siding has added a fresh face to the exterior. The interior of the depot was gutted, since the original finishes had all been removed during the past 137 years. And the new foundational finally gives the depot a firm footing on which to rest.

Some interesting facts and discoveries were made during the renovation. The first discovery was the original ticket window and its first location in the depot. It was found intact between the walls and is now situated in its old spot for everyone to see. In addition, after scraping, the original colors of the depot were discovered to be taupe gray with dark brown trim. Voila, the old colors are new again!

The freshly restored Bartlett Depot Museum will highlight the area's transportation heritage with permanent and changing exhibits.



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Restoration began with the removal of non-original interior surfaces. The original ticket window was discovered between the walls. Image-December 8, 2010.

image showing interior with supporting i beams for move image showing exterior with supporting i beams for move

The depot was built directly on the dirt in 1873 with no proper foundation. In order to pour a cement foundation the depot needed to be temporarily moved to accomplish this job. Images- January 6, 2010, preparing the depot for the move about a 100 feet to the west.

image showing bobcat outside of depot during move image showing exterior of depot after move

A bobcat and heavy duty chain was used to very slowly pull the depot from its footings inches at a time. The move took a few hours to complete. The day before the depot was raised up from the ground a few inches at a time using hydraulic jacks. Image-January 12, 2010

The successful move was completed by midday. In the foreground is the original footprint of the depot. Image-January 12, 2010



Group Visits/Toursbartlett history museum patch

The Bartlett Depot Museum welcomes school, scout and other groups by appointment. Admission is FREE. Please call Director Pam Rohleder, 630-837-0800 to schedule a visit.






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