We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: , Lewistown, IL 61542
Phone Number: 309-547-3721
Website
Improve this listing
Today
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Dickson Mounds is one of the nation's top archaeological museums.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 26 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Prehistory in Illinois

This museum concentrates on the story of the native peoples who lived in the Illinois river valley. They have a lot of artifacts and cover a lot of information. But the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 5, 2014
OneAddictedTraveler
,
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Add Photo Write a Review

26 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
123 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It had been awhile since I visited Dickson Mounds and I was in the area so I gave it another look. I arrived during a weekday afternoon in October so I pretty much had it all to myself. You start at the top of three floors and work your way down. The museum tells the story of the river valley... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Level Contributor
452 reviews
189 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This museum concentrates on the story of the native peoples who lived in the Illinois river valley. They have a lot of artifacts and cover a lot of information. But the organization of the information could be better. A film is offered on the third floor. The narrator never breaks the metronome beat and never has any inflection in her... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Braunfels, Texas
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I stopped by for an hour on a recent Sunday afternoon. Small Illinois State Museum (with 3 floors though) providing discovery and reflection on early inhabitants of the Illinois R Valley from “Ice-Age Hunters to tribal groups of the 19th century.” The museum has the usual dioramas and display cases with arrowheads and shards of pottery and exhibits showing progression... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
chicago
Level Contributor
443 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I realize I am flying in the face of previous reviews but frankly, I can't imagine this being worth most peoples time. Visited many years ago when burial area was viewable-realize this was a sore point with native peoples and it was resolved in their favor. But it was part of the history of the place and it is glossed... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fairview, Illinois
Level Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This a relativley small museum that can be covered in a few hours. They always have special events planned, from Mom and tot play days on Thur mornings to Indian camp weekends. It is located a few miles from the Amiquon wetland restoration area where many interesting bird and fish species live or migrate through.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oakford, Illinois
Level Contributor
53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Dickson Mounds is a great place to visit, not only for historians but also for persons just moderately interested. Plenty of activities for children, and the burial site is suitably eerie and somewhat respectful, although the recorded narration is a bit over the top (do you really think the Mississippians buried under there actually spoke English?) There is also an... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ipava
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We took our grandson, who just turned 3, to Dickson Mounds Museum on Sept. 9, 2013. The museum was clean and neat and the exhibits were very educational. The first floor happened to have a Lincoln exhibit at the time which was very interesting too. I believe those exhibits change periodically, which is nice because there is something different to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canton, Illinois
Level Contributor
28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

there is a lot of information you can gain here, if you spend the time, its nice to have something like this near us, and for free. the kids enjoyed the hands on area with the little people and boats to play with. the gem of this place was the burial area, I understand the reason for covering them up,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Michigan
Level Contributor
194 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

This great museum does a wonderful job of telling the story of the native people from the area. Talk to a staff member to realize just how important this site is for North American archaeology. The displays are engaging and the artifacts are fascinating. The high quality staff are part of the Ill state museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Peoria, Illinois
Level Contributor
40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Had a great time. The 170 foot tall mound was very cool to climb the stairs to the top overlooking the rest of the mounds and the area. You can see St Louis i the distance. Also has a very nice Visitor Center that has alot of exhibits and was very nice.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Dickson Mounds Museum also viewed

 

Been to Dickson Mounds Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Dickson Mounds Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?