Freeport Art Museum

Freeport Art Museum 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, IL
Phone: (815) 235-9755

 The mission of the Freeport Art Museum (FAM) is to promote an understanding of art and culture through its collections and exhibitions, as well as community outreach and education.

FAM’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods, including antiquities; ethnographic objects from Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American artifacts; 15th to 19th century European paintings, prints and sculpture; a significant collection of textiles from around the world; and a large collection of contemporary American prints, paintings and sculpture.

Two galleries feature new exhibitions every eight to 12 weeks and are devoted to regional art or national exhibitions. A student gallery features aspiring young artists from local schools. The Museum also offers educational programs, performances and special events.

FAM was established in 1976, the result of an acquisition from the estate of W.T. Rawleigh, founder of a successful international household and medical products company in Freeport.

Rawleigh, who died in 1951, used his substantial wealth to acquire fabulous works of art from around the globe for his private collection; in 1976, a sizable portion of the collection was given to the residents of Freeport. Over the years, other benefactors have added to FAM holdings.

FAM’s home is a former elementary school, a gift from the City of Freeport, given with the stipulation that no admission be charged.

In 2008, FAM and the Freeport Park District began Art in the Park, now an annual event that draws upwards of 5,000 spectators. Set in the city’s signature Krape Park, the one-day outdoor arts fest includes artists from across the region who display and sell their original works in a variety of media. The event also features local musicians and performers, art demonstrations, children’s activities and more.

FAM is open Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sat. noon-5 p.m.