Center for American Archeology Visitor’s Center & Museum
Explore the past in scenic Calhoun County!
2013 Dates: April 30 – November 1
About Us: Welcome, and thank you for your interest! The Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, Illinois, is an independent not-for-profit 501©3 institution dedicated to research and education in archeology and the natural sciences. We do not receive direct support from the State of Illinois or the Federal Government – our funding comes from donations, tuition, and grants. You can help support our programs by donating and shopping at the Visitor’s Center & Museum!
The CAA Visitors’ Center & Museum, housed within the historic Kamp Store building, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While the majority of its award-winning exhibits focus on the fascinating prehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley, the Museum also features exhibits about the historical period in Illinois and the history of the Kamp Store itself.
Our Gift Shop features a unique assortment of gifts for people of all ages, including CAA logo apparel and merchandise, postcards, handcrafted Peruvian gourd ornaments, nostalgic toys, Trisha Waldron jewelry, and much more. Be sure to check out our CAA Publication Series and grab a copy of Koster: Americans in Search of their Prehistoric Past while you’re visiting!
Where We’re Located: The CAA Visitor’s Center & Museum is located on the east side of Route 100 (the Great River Road), the main road through Kampsville. We’re across the street from St. Anselm Catholic Church. The brightly painted Kamp Store, with its large false front and maroon awning, is uniquely recognizable as you drive through town.
2013 Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4pm
Sunday: Noon – 4 pm
Admission: Admission is free; donations are encouraged and much appreciated. Your dollars support our efforts to share the world of archeology with students from across the country and around the world.
Group Tours: Guided tours of our exhibits and/or excavation site, conducted by our staff of professionals, are available by appointment only for groups of 10 or more. Guided tours are available seasonally, and should be booked at least one month in advance. Call our office for details!
Tour Buses: Tour buses are welcome to stop by!
Summer Excavation Field Season & Site Visits: Visitors are welcome to stop by our excavation site from mid-June through mid-August. Typically, we excavate Tuesday-Friday from 9am –Noon and 1-4 pm. Extreme weather conditions will shorten or cancel the work day, so please check in with our Museum Staff, who are kept informed of our work schedule.
Make a Day of It!: Kampsville is located on the banks of the Illinois River in scenic Calhoun County – a must-see for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers. Our limestone bluffs provide a scenic backdrop for flowering trees in the spring and offer majestic fall color. Kampsville is a great place to grab some lunch, do a little antiquing, or to hike and birdwatch. For more information:
Archeology Day at the CAA: Saturday, July 13, 10am-4pm Old Settler’s Days: Second Weekend in October; annual event
Calhoun County Church & Quilt Show: Third Weekend in October; annual event
Local Restaurants: Many local restaurants have seasonal hours - always call ahead!
Kampsville lnn: (618) 653-4413
Kampsville Landing: (618) 653-4211
Hardin Restaurants: (10 miles south of Kampsville on Route 100)
Barefoot Inn: (618) 576-9012
Laura’s Restaurant: (618) 576-9238
Hardin Drive-In: (618) 576-9311
Mel’s Illinois Riverdock: (618) 576-2362
Local Hotels: (check www.visitalton.com for a complete list, including B&Bs)
Hardin Hotel, Hardin: (618) 576-9003
Sierra Motel, Carrollton: (217) 942-5012
Frontier Lodge, Jerseyville: (618) 498-6886
Pere Marquette Lodge: (618) 786-2331
Super 8 Motel, Jerseyville: (618) 498-7888
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Center for American Archeology