Discover Art, Culture & History at the Blackhawk Museum
DANVILLE – There are hidden gems in every city, and in Danville, the Blackhawk Museum is a masterpiece. It should be at the top of your list of places to visit, as it is one of the finest museums you will find anywhere in the United States! In our ever-changing environment, be sure to check the current opening status via their website and take a peek at some of the videos they have provided easy access to until you may visit in person.
You’ll find exhibitions to satisfy every curiosity. First, head to the top floor and transport your family back in time by experiencing the Spirit of The Old West. Delve into the lives of Native Americans and early pioneers. Dioramas teeming with miniatures will guide you through the history and complicated relationship between the Plains Indians and the settlers. Situated on the same floor is the Natural History display, with full-scale artifacts, historical records, mounted majestic animals, plants and ecosystems.
Next, make your way downstairs to the Art of Africa exhibit, where you’ll explore the depths of African history through paintings, carvings and ritual/ceremonial masks.
Next door is Into China. Marvel at the intricate miniature replica of the Forbidden City, the life-size terra-cotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, a complex wood carving of the mighty imperial dragon, and revel in the majesty that is the Dragon Throne.
Continue your journey to the newest exhibit, World of Nature, located on the basement floor. This immersive, three-dimensional viewing experience is spectacular and is accompanied by ambient sounds of nature as you get up-close with animals from all over the world.
The exhibits are seemingly endless as you walk through the museum. Your visit won’t be complete without a stop at the iconic Automotive Gallery. There are colorful displays of over 40 classic, sports and styling cars.
Whether you and your family see one or all of the exhibits, the family-friendly Blackhawk Museum is an exceptional place to unwind and discover unknown corners of history.