One of the society founders' dreams came true with the acquisition, moving, and renovation of the Depot Museum which was the abandoned Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Depot at Webster and Van Buren Streets erected in 1854.
Other hours offered by appointment.
We have been here a few times and my son really likes it. For $2 he can go into an old train car that has kid friendly facts about the old train (my son loved the fact that they used to call the old "refrigerator" the grub box..he thought that was so funny) and they also have an old bank on-sight to see. The inside of the museum offered much to learn about. The staff was wonderful, they answered all of my son's questions and even played a really old music box they had there for him. More things to do around here, if you walk around the river they have a nice park for the kids to play. Also, if you continue to walk along the river they have signs with facts about the history of Batavia and a bunch of different windmills. Its a cute area and is a nice little place to spend a few hours!
My kids love trains. This museum is in an old depot with a caboose nearby. The exhibit is typical museum- lots of black and white pictures in glass cases. There is a little life size exhibit (Mary Todd Lincoln's bed)with a single rope protecting it- the type that kids like to walk under or swing, etc.
However, the area surrounding has more for everyone. There is a water fountain and playground area, including a sand play area. The museum in on the Fox River and has two bike paths on either side. There are also many restaurants within walking distance, including an ice cream shop.
You’ll find a variety of railroad and local history exhibits in the Batavia Depot Museum. The bed and dresser used by Mary Todd Lincoln during her stay at Bellview Sanitarium also are on display in this 1854 building. Of particular interest to a writer’s family is the display of old typewriters, adding machines, and other office equipment. The Early Woodlands Indian statue at the staircase between the two floors of the museum is an attention-getter. The museum is staffed by volunteers. Near the museum is the Batavia Riverwalk park and boardwalk, where you can take a leisurely stroll through a wildflower garden.