Visit the Hieronymus Mueller Museum

Hieronymus Mueller MuseumHieronymus Mueller Museum
420 West Eldorado St.
Decatur, Illinois

The museum is open to the public on
Tuesday through Saturday (except holidays)
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Other visiting times may be scheduled by appointment by calling (217) 423-6161.

Admission:
$2.00 for adults and $1.50 for those under the age of 17.
Exhibits cover the history of the company, its owners and employees, and the Mueller family.

Hieronymus Mueller Museum | Decatur, Illinois

Welcome to the Hieronymus Mueller Museum, just west of downtown Decatur, Illinois, and open to the public on Tuesday through Saturday and other times by appointment.


The Mueller Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history of Mueller Company and of the family and descendants of Hieronymus Mueller

The Mueller Museum celebrates the life and legacy of Hieronymus Mueller, a pioneer entrepreneur who emigrated from Germany to Decatur, Illinois, and founded several business concerns, including Mueller Co., which still exists today and produces many of the original signature Mueller products, namely water pressure valves and the iconic fire hydrants that we see in nearly every American town and city.

The Hieronymus Mueller Museum was founded in 1995 by the Hieronymus Mueller Family Foundation to house and curate the vast collection of Mueller Family and Mueller Co physical artifacts, memorabilia and library materials. The museum moved to its present home in 2005, a state-of-the-art facility to preserve and display the historically-significant collection.
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The story of Hieronymus Mueller is like the stories of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were driven to America by the dual forces of opportunity and necessity – the necessity to escape famine, political oppression, religious intolerance, or economic disasters. He made the most of his opportunity and became a quintessential immigrant success arriving with pennies in his pockets while going on to achieve the “American Dream.”

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Tuesday January 29th, 2019

The museum will be closed Wednesday, January 30th due to extreme weather conditions. We hope you'll spend the day somewhere warm! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday January 21st, 2019

Hello Everyone,
As I sat in my office today thinking about the cold and the snow, I remembered how many of the Mueller Record Covers depicted images of snow....I thought that it might make an interesting post. As I collected the snow image covers I realized the photos used were all taken by the same man...Not a local professional photographer but rather, a Mueller employee who practiced photography as a hobby. Walter Bowan was part of the Mueller Engineering Department for many years. ( He started his work with the Mueller Co. in the 30s in the Brass Finishing Dept ) In 1955 he was promoted to the position of Chief Engineer of Research & Development. Bowan was an avid photographer and a member of the Decatur Camera Club. During the decade of the 1950s many of his photographs of Winter Scenes in Decatur were featured on the covers of the Mueller Record.
One of the wonderful things we see over and over again in the early history of the Mueller Co. is the concept of the larger Mueller family. Employees, their families and even their hobbies are valued and used to promote a sense of well being, recreation and inclusiveness.
Thank you Walter Bowan for your many contributions.
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Great pictures!

So cool I remember when he used to take pictures of us too

Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful black/ white photos

beautiful pictures

Trevor Miller

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Saturday January 19th, 2019

It’s still a little frightful outside, so we will be closed today. If you have to get out on the roads, stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less

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