Amish Country Tours

The museum is  located at Rockome Gardens. There is one admission price for both Rockome Gardens and the Illinois Amish Museum.  Rockome Gardens is open seasonally, so please consult the Rockome Gardens website, www.rockome.com, for the current hours and admission price.  Tours are scheduled year-round. Please call us at 1-217-268-4106 to schedule a meal or tour.


Directions


  • From I-57: Take exit 203 to Arcola. Travel along Illinois Rte. 133 (approximately 12 blocks) and turn left onto Douglas County 11 following the signs to Rockome Gardens. Stop at the main entrance (ticket booth) into Rockome Gardens to buy a pass to get into the Amish Museum. You will be given a map showing you the location of the Amish Museum.


  • From Rte. 45: At the 4-way stop (Intersection of Rte 45 and 133), turn west onto Rte 133. Travel along Illinois Rte. 133 (approximately 12 blocks) and turn left onto Douglas County 11 following the signs to Rockome Gardens. Stop at the main entrance into Rockome Gardens to buy a pass to get into the Amish Museum. You will be given a map showing you the location of the Amish Museum.

    Driving Times
          From Springfield, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
          From St. Louis, approximately 2˝ hours.
          From Chicago, approximately 3 hours.


    Accessibility
    The Amish Museum welcomes guests with special needs. Our facilities and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Guided tours of the museum are available for the vision impaired. Most of our tours are available for guests with special needs as well. If you have questions or special needs, please let us know so we can assist you in planning your visit.

    What to Expect
    The Amish Museum is comprised of a traditional museum environment. The employees of the Amish Museum have extensive knowledge of the Amish community that surrounds them, and they are happy to answer any questions you have about the Amish and the area. The Museum houses an 18-minute introductory video about the Amish, in addition to many permanent exhibits. These exhibits include Anabaptist history, Amish history, buggies, quilting, barns, homes, and technology.


  • Expect to spend about an hour in the museum.


  • Through the Rockome Gardens/Amish Museum Main Office, you can schedule tours of Amish homes, farms, woodworking shops, in addition to guided countryside tours and meals in Amish homes. The hosts and hostesses are members of the Old Order Amish church. They are not actors… they are Amish people who invite you into their homes so they can share a part of their lives with you.  Our guides for the countryside tours are Amish so they are very knowledgeable about Amish history, trends, and daily life.


  • On our tours, you may take pictures, but please do not take pictures of the Amish people because they do not wish to be photographed (The Bible states that you are not to have a graven image of yourself, and they take that literally).



  • Before a meal in an Amish home, the host or hostess will ask for a prayer. You may pray aloud, pray silently, or observe a moment of silence.





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    This site was made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Association of Museums. Illinois Association of Museums Illinois Amish Interpretive Center
    125 N County Road 425E, Arcola IL 61910
    Phone: 217-268-4106
    E-Mail: amishcenter@consolidated.net

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    Photographs courtesy of Raymond Bial, author of Amish Home. www.raybial.com