Hieronymus Mueller Museum, Decatur, Illinois. Dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history of Mueller Co. and of the family and descendents of Hieronymus Mueller.

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Hieronymus Mueller Museum in Decatur, IL

Hieronymus Mueller: Immigrant

Hieronymus Mueller was born in Wertheim, Germany in 1832. He was trained and apprenticed as a machinist but became caught up in the widespread economic and political upheaval engulfing Germany in the 1840’s. This unrest culminated in the revolutions of 1848 which attempted to consolidate the several German states into a more democratic nation and to increase economic opportunity. The movement failed and was followed by greater repression as the old power structure reasserted itself and repealed reforms of the past decade.
The Hieronymus Mueller Museum is located in Decatur, Illinois. Here's how to find us...

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

$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.

Mueller Co. History - Locations & Plants

Mueller Co. origins date back to 1857 when German immigrant, Hieronymus Mueller,
opened a shop in Decatur, Illinois. Explore over 150 years of invention and growth.

Read more about the History of Mueller Co.

Mueller Family History

Hieronymus Mueller emigrated from Germany in 1850.  At just 25 years old, in 1857,
he founded Mueller Company in Decatur, Illinois.

He and his descendants owned and managed Mueller Co. from 1857 to 1986. They took
pride in their products, employees and community.

Today's family is proud to remember that tradition. Read more about Hieronymus Mueller.

Mueller Library & Research

Our library of research tools includes a searchable database of the museum's collection.  Check back as more library and research content becomes available online.  Enjoy the Mueller Record online and watch as additional issues are added each month.

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