Wood River Museum and Visitors Center is conveniently located at 40 W. Ferguson Avenue, in Wood River, Illinois. Founded in 1997 by the Wood River Heritage Council, the museum provides opportunity to explore the varied past of the town, by displaying interpretive research materials and authentic items from previous eras. The exhibits seen here throw light on the early days of the town, such as the impact of Standard Oil Company on the community and the wild days of Benbow city. Displays also include items related to the city’s rich sports history, tornados that destroyed parts of town, and general items that molded everyday life in Wood River. Further, a gazebo dedicated to Lewis and Clark and a model of Camp DuBois can be seen here. Adjacent to the museum is a memorial garden and courtyard, with a variety of plants, native to Illinois. In addition, a wide range of historical and children’s books, Native American jewelry, and unique gifts can be purchased at the museum’s shop.