Visitors Guide to
Rex's Museum

8219 Gall Road
Waterloo, Illinois

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Many people save a few heirlooms from their family’s past but few have gathered a collection of Americana like Bill and Doris Rex of Waterloo. Their collection contains items from their past, their parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and other relatives. The collection got so big that it threatened to overrun their house so they built a 2,000 square foot addition to their home. Designed as a western lodge and made of Cyprus, the space houses over 4,000 items with some dating as far back as the 1850s.

The Rex’s collection contains many items of everyday use that will remind the visitor of times gone by. There is a nice collection of children’s toys including tin toys, trains, board games, Lincoln logs, and a tin dollhouse. Kitchen items include the kitchen table and high chair used by Bill’s family when he was a child, salt and pepper shakers, porcelain teapots, and porcelain ware. The Rex’s had a huge curio cabinet built to house their china and glassware collection. There are scales from the family grocery store as well as beam scales used by produce vendors. The oldest piece in the collection is a pioneer wagon wrench from the 1850s. Antique furniture on display includes European chairs and a loveseat, a grandfather clock from Germany, a sewing cabinet, and rocking chairs.

The Rexs welcome single visitors as well as groups as large as tour buses. Advance notice is needed, as the museum is a small family run operation.

Visiting Rex's Museum
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There is no charge to visit Rex's Museum, although donations are appreciated.

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