Bishop Hill Heritage Association

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association was organized in 1962 with the original goal of saving Colony era buildings in disrepair and restoring them to functional use.  The BHHA continues today to maintain these historic properties and the Swedish culture unique to Bishop Hill. Through educational programming, the organization strives to install visitors with a sense of pride in the past, present and future.  The Heritage is open all year to assist all people who want to learn more about this “Utopia on the Prairie.” Our two museums are the 1854 Steeple Building and the 1908 Albert Krans Livery Stable.  For our museums, admission is free will donation.

Monday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm

The Rest of the Year
Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday 12 to 4 pm.

We are proud to announce that our Bishop Hill Colony Store has just opened its very own online shopping website.  Located at, this online general store features the major products of our 1853 Colony Store.  Powered by Weebly, one of the top online store sites, is much more user friendly and features many more items for sale.  Please discontinue using the Colony Store section of this website.

Dairy Building Conference Area Rental Information

Dairy Building

The 1855 Dairy Building Conference Area is available to rent.  The Conference Area consists of a Conference Room and a Coffee Bar Room.  The Conference Room is 624 square feet and holds approximately 50 to 75 people seated.  The Coffee Bar Room is 384 square feet.  It contains a restroom and a coffee bar for serving food and other items.  Both these rooms together make up a great setting for any meeting, workshop, reception, or other event.  To see photographs of the Conference Area, click on the following link: .  Call 309 927-3899 or email for more details.