The Center for American Archeology Visitors’ Center & Museum, housed within the historic Kamp Store building, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While the majority of its award-winning exhibits focus on the fascinating prehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley, the Museum also features exhibits about the historical period in Illinois and the history of the Kamp Store itself.
Our gift shop features a unique assortment of gifts for people of all ages, including CAA logo apparel and merchandise, postcards, handcrafted Peruvian gourd ornaments, nostalgic toys, Trisha Waldron jewelry, and much more. Be sure to check out our CAA Publication Series and grab a copy of Koster: Americans in Search of their Prehistoric Past while you’re visiting!
Location: The CAA Visitor’s Center & Museum is located on the east side of Route 100 (the Great River Road), the main road through Kampsville. We’re across the street from St. Anselm Catholic Church. The brightly painted Kamp Store, with its large false front and maroon awning, is uniquely recognizable as you drive through town.
2012 Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4pm
Sunday: Noon – 4 pm
Admission: Admission is free; donations are encouraged and much appreciated. Your dollars support our efforts to share the world of archeology with students from across the country and around the world.
Group Tours: Guided tours of our exhibits and/or excavation site, conducted by our staff of professionals, are available by appointment only for groups of 10 or more. Guided tours are available seasonally, and should be booked at least one month in advance. Call our office for details!
Tour Buses: Tour buses are welcome to stop by!
Summer Excavation Field Season & Site Visits: Visitors are welcome to stop by our excavation site from mid-June through mid-August. Typically, we excavate Tuesday-Friday from 9am –Noon and 1-4 pm. Extreme weather conditions will shorten or cancel the work day, so please check in with our Museum Staff, who are kept informed of our work schedule.
The Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, Illinois, is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 institution dedicated to research and education in archeology and the natural sciences.
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