Galesburg may be a small city, but it has a vibrant art and cultural scene that offers a range of experiences for residents and visitors alike. It’s an ideal place to explore for a day or for a weekend getaway with the gang!

Galesburg has public art initiatives that bring art to the streets and public spaces. You can find murals, sculptures, and other art installations throughout the city, adding color and creativity to the urban landscape. From the Knox County Courthouse to the Orpheum Theatre, beautiful architecture is displayed throughout, too. The city embraces creativity and provides opportunities for artists, performers, and enthusiasts to connect and engage with the arts. Whether you’re interested in architecture, visual arts, theater, music, or history, Galesburg has something to offer for every art and culture lover.

Stop 1: Knox County Courthouse

The Knox County Courthouse in Galesburg, Illinois, is a historic landmark that showcases stunning architectural design. The courthouse, located in the heart of downtown Galesburg, is an impressive building constructed in the neoclassical architectural style. It was designed by architect Charles A. Coolidge and completed in 1894. The courthouse adds to the beauty and charm of Galesburg.

Pro tip: Click on ‘Self Guided Walking Tours‘ under Things To Do to view and find more information about architecture throughout our community. 





Stop 2: Galesburg Community Arts Center

Galesburg Community Arts Center is a must-add to your itinerary. This art center is a hub for creativity and showcases the works of local and regional artists. It hosts rotating exhibitions throughout the year, featuring various art forms such as painting, sculpture, photography, and more. It is a significant contributor to the art scene in Galesburg.

Pro tip: The artwork shown is part of GALEX57 and is on display until April 6th. 

Stop 3: The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre is a beloved cultural institution in Galesburg, and its shows offer a wide range of entertainment options for audiences of all ages and interests. The historic structure hosts a variety of community concerts, events, and movies, making it an essential part of Galesburg’s culture and history.

Pro tip: Schedule a free tour or catch a show! Upcoming events can be found on our Community Events Calendar.


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