The Staley Museum
The Staley Museum opened its doors to the public during the summer of 2015. We are excited be a full-fledged member of our community. Here you will find updates and news about the museum and exciting events going on.
The Staley Museum and this web site are both works in progress. We encourage visitors to continue to check back with us and see how we are progressing. We would also like to encourage visitors to the site to share any stories or information they may have regarding Staley history.
Photos, documents, articles and memorabilia are all welcome and appreciated. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Staley museum may contact us through via the Artifact Donation Form found on this site. Also, for anyone in our area who wishes to be a Volunteer at the museum and offer their time and/or expertise, please go to the Volunteer Form and fill out your information so that we may contact you personally. We invite you to Contact Us.
The Staley Museum is open year round; Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and on the last Sunday of the month (March – November) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
The Staley Story
A.E. Staley was a big man with big dreams and had the determination to make those dreams a reality. Although he did not arrive on the scene until the 1900’s, his impact of Decatur was such that he is counted as one of the founding fathers. The largeness of his dreams and of his civic minded generosity has contributed in major ways to the city we know today.
It was A.E.’s pioneering vision in the area of soy beans, both the cultivation and processing, that gave Decatur the name “Soy Bean Capitol of the World.”
In the period of one decade, 1920-1930, A.E. Staley made significant contributions to the community of Decatur, being the driving force behind the creation of Lake Decatur, the Staley viaduct, the Staley Office Building, and the formation of the Decatur Staleys football club, later to become the Chicago Bears.
The story of A.E. Staley is one in which the city of Decatur has the right to feel great pride. It is a story which forms a major part in the industrial and agricultural history of central Illinois. We look forward to sharing that pride and history as we work toward the opening of the Staley Museum.
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Wednesday April 1st
Following Governor Pritzker's extension of the stay at home order, the museum will remain closed.
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Monday March 23rd
‼️ UPDATE ‼️
Following the Governor's stay at home order on March 20, 2020, we will remain closed through April 7, 2020 to aid in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and announce further changes as necessary.
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Thursday March 19th
Just a little reminder that we have a quarterly newsletter. If you aren't already signed up, you can do so by visiting our website, staleymuseum.com, and clicking the link to sign up for email notifications. Our newsletter reports upcoming events at the museum, exhibits, and contact information, and of course lots of Staley and Decatur history! ... See MoreSee Less
Monday March 16th
The Staley Museum will be closed, effective immediately, until at least April 1, 2020. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. It is our hope that taking such preventive measures will aid in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protect those most vulnerable. We’ll continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and make any changes accordingly.
We thank you for your patience and understanding!
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