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Dickson Mounds Museum

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Address: Lewistown, IL 61542
Phone Number: 309-547-3721
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Dickson Mounds is one of the nation's top archaeological museums.

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Great Place Leave Time To Walk Around

Sadly we went on the last day before budget cuts are closing. We sure hope this is temporary. The museum had so much information regarding the history of Illinois from a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Sadly we went on the last day before budget cuts are closing. We sure hope this is temporary. The museum had so much information regarding the history of Illinois from a geological perspective as well as learning about the influence of the Native Americans in the area. The grounds around the museum are beautiful and worth leaving extra time to... More 

Thank ColoradoJojo
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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 

Thank Jim G
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 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 

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
New Braunfels, Texas
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

1 Thank Hwy41
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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 

Thank jfadds
Fairview, Illinois
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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.

Thank Radine K
Oakford, Illinois
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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 

2 Thank lcar4000
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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 

Thank MarnieIpava
Canton, Illinois
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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 

Thank zack z
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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.

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