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Dickson Mounds Museum

Lewistown, IL 61542
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Lewistown
Type: Ancient Ruins, Specialty Museums, History Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Dickson Mounds is one of the nation's top archaeological museums.
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New Braunfels, Texas
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7 reviews 7 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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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
16 reviews 16 reviews
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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.

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Oakford, Illinois
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12 helpful votes 12 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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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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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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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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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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11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Take a tour back in time and discover the native americans that lived here years ago. Love the history of the place. Makes a peson realize that many cultures have come and gone in this country.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

It's a prehistoric mound and center with a museum, great for kids and archaeological enthusitics to think about early Native cultures. Part of the IL State museum.

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