History comes alive in Mendota! The Mendota Museum and Historical Society directs the operations of three museums located in the heart of the community. Union Depot Railroad Museum is located in a restored portion of an 1886 depot. The museum features an HO scale layout depicting Mendota in the late 30s and early 40s and the impressive CB&Q Locomotive #4978 with tender and caboose.
The Hume-Carnegie Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Mendota area. Displays include the life and times of Wild Bill Hickok and extensive photographic collections depicting the area over the years. The Breaking the Prairie Agricultural Museum, which highlights area agricultural heritage, is the latest project for the Historical Society.
Mendota Community Theatre, Mendota Education Foundation, and Mendota High School add to the cultural scene by continually producing outstanding theatrical and musical productions.