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Dickson Mounds Museum

Address: Lewistown, IL 61542
Phone Number: 309-547-3721
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Lewistown
Type: Ancient Ruins, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Dickson Mounds is one of the nation's top archaeological museums.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Dickson Mounds is one of the nation's top archaeological museums.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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97 reviews 97 reviews
35 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 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 

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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120 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

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chicago
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280 reviews 280 reviews
93 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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 

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Fairview, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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.

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Oakford, Illinois
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 

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Ipava
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 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 

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Canton, Illinois
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5 helpful votes 5 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 

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Michigan
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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.

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Peoria, Illinois
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15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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.

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