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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Saturday October 13th, 2018

Mystery Ship-Builder Confirmed!

One of the most popular artifacts in the museum is the 1850’s sailing ship that greets visitors into the gallery. For many years, the wooden model could be found on the Mueller Lodge piano, but over time the ship’s story, including its maker, had been lost to legend. At one time, it was supposed that Hieronymus himself might have built it. Today, the mystery was solved! According to an article published by the “Decatur Herald” on June 6, 1926, the ship model was built by Nels A. Johnson. Johnson was the first engineer for the Mueller factory, hired in 1882, and worked for the company for 29 years. Born in Sweden, he spent his early life as a ship builder, and he created this model in 1901 after the last ship he sailed, the “Uglam.” This information comes from an interview with Frank O. Zetterlind, Johnson’s son-in-law. The Zetterlind family is frequently found in the Mueller records, as so many went on to have full careers at Mueller company.

Johnson and the Zetterlind family clearly meant a lot to the Mueller Co. Upon his death in 1912, Philip, Adolph, and Robert Mueller were pallbearers for Nels Johnson. And in 1925, the Mueller Co. gifted a two-month trip for Frank Zetterlind to revisit Sweden, the land of his birth.
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Mystery Ship-Builder Confirmed!

One of the most popular artifacts in the museum is the 1850’s sailing ship that greets visitors into the gallery. For many years, the wooden model could be found on the Mueller Lodge piano, but over time the ship’s story, including its maker, had been lost to legend. At one time, it was supposed that Hieronymus himself might have built it. Today, the mystery was solved! According to an article published by the “Decatur Herald” on June 6, 1926, the ship model was built by Nels A. Johnson. Johnson was the first engineer for the Mueller factory, hired in 1882, and worked for the company for 29 years. Born in Sweden, he spent his early life as a ship builder, and he created this model in 1901 after the last ship he sailed, the “Uglam.” This information comes from an interview with Frank O. Zetterlind, Johnson’s son-in-law. The Zetterlind family is frequently found in the Mueller records, as so many went on to have full careers at Mueller company. 

Johnson and the Zetterlind family clearly meant a lot to the Mueller Co. Upon his death in 1912, Philip, Adolph, and Robert Mueller were pallbearers for Nels Johnson. And in 1925, the Mueller Co. gifted a two-month trip for Frank Zetterlind to revisit Sweden, the land of his birth.Image attachmentImage attachment

Friday September 21st, 2018

The Taste of History!
Our event was a wonderful success! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets. Our Partner sites, Staley Museum, James Millikin Homestead & Governor Oglesby Mansion all agree...We'll see you same time next year!
Local History is Alive and well in Decatur! :)The Taste of History Event:
Our recent Taste of History event was a wonderful success. This event was a partnership with the other local history sites in the downtown area. Hieronymus Mueller Museum, James Millikin Homestead & Governor Oglesby Mansion Local History is alive and well in our community! Fun was had by all.
Here are a few photos of the evening...And, you all will be glad to hear that all the sites agreed to do the event again next year!
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT at:
info@staleymuseum.com
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We had a wonderful time at each historical site! Thank you for having us!

Wednesday September 12th, 2018

Thank-you for all your interest in this event. We hope you were able to get tickets! If not, let us know if you would like to see an event like this again in the future! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank-you for all your interest in this event. We hope you were able to get tickets! If not, let us know if you would like to see an event like this again in the future!

 

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Betty Wheatley did you get a ticket?

We have two tickets and may not be able to attend. If there is someone who can use them, please message me and we can make arrangements.

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