Museum Information

Mission Statement
The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center is dedicated to telling an American story of migration, innovation and philanthropy at the site where Joseph F. Glidden invented "The Winner" barbed wire. The mission is to restore and preserve the site; to collect and preserve relevant materials relating to the Glidden family, the invention of barbed wire and its broader impact on the nation's development; and to educate the public by establishing a museum and innovation center at the site. -adopted June 11, 2007

Season: June through early December

Opening Day & Open Barn June 12, 2022

Sundays noon-4 p.m. June-November

Adults $5
Children under 14 with family, Free
Members, Free

Museum Etiquette
Feel free to take pictures.
Food and drink are allowed only in the Welcome Center.
Please resist touching the artifacts or furniture.

Tours for adult, school, or scout groups can be scheduled year-round. The group rate is $3 per person.

Located on Route 38, Lincoln Highway, in DeKalb, Illinois, 60 miles west of Chicago. Via I-88, take the Glidden Road exit north to Lincoln Highway, turn east, one block. Glidden Homestead and Glidden Campus Florist share a driveway entrance, then veer to the left in the parking lot.
GPS coordinates: N41°55.897' W088°46.231'
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