Donations are how it all happens.
The Illinois Railway Museum's success is due to the support of its members and patrons. The museum's ticket sales don't quite cover basic operations. Donations to our General Fund are needed to bridge the gap and for basic upkeep. Capital projects, equipment restorations, and exhibit installations are the result of donations to specific project funds. Many capital improvements at the museum have been the result of numerous small donations, major bequests, or a combination of both. A large portion of the museum's displays consist of donated artifacts and the entirety of the holdings of the museum's research libraries are donated documents. IRM depends on help from people like you to fulfill its preservation and educational mission.