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Illinois State Museum

Address: 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL
Phone Number: (217)782-7386
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Ranked #8 of 33 Attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Illinois State Museum is not just a learning experience - it's an adventure. Travel through...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Illinois State Museum is not just a learning experience - it's an adventure. Travel through time, from the beginning of life on Earth to an era when mastodonts roamed the landscape to the days of the first European settlers. See the largest bear that ever lived, a dragonfly with a two-foot wingspan, and the skeleton of the largest American Mastodont ever found. Discover Illinois' diverse cultural heritage, see thousands of fossils and American Indian artifacts, and experience changing exhibitions showcasing historic and contemporary Illinois art. Dig for fossils, load a jeep, crawl through a cave, and play in the Play Museum, designed for children ages 3 - 10. Shop in the one-of-a kind Museum Store for educational toys, Illinois souvenirs and jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more handcrafted by Illinois' finest artisans. FREE ADMISSION.Hours: Mon. - Sat. 8:30 am - 5 pm Sun. Noon - 5 pm Play Museum Mon. - Sat. 9:30 am - 4 pm Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm.Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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Springfield, Illinois
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124 reviews 124 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The sign out fromnt mentioned an art display that drew me in again. It was educational, interesting and gave me pause to understand how art is created. There was an area of set ups on how households looked over the decades from the late 1800's to the mid 1950's. There was an item from my youth that I have been... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We visited with two 7 year olds and it was great. The staff were helpful, knowledgable and very pleasant. The exhibits are very interactive and enjoyable. We'll be back!

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Peoria, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

If you have kids or an out of town visitor, this is a great free spot (donations suggested). Close by the Capitol building. Pop by when you have an hour to check it out.

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Springfield, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Check out the Friday night music schedule. They usually have a food truck outside and drinks are sold indoors. The gift shop is open for business as well and they have beautiful art. Bad Wolf Pottery is made by a very talented local art professor. There are talented jewelry makers with pieces in there as well.

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Belleville
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

very interesting! and interactive for the kids! it had natural history , art and things about civilizations in the state from early Indians to the 1800's

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Litchfield, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We visit this museum a couple of times a year. Admission is free and there is something for all ages. The exhibits are very interesting with lots to see. Many hands on and interpreted by hand sets located at the exhibits. A key card you keep lets you operate the handsets on all floors. There are elevators and escalators for... More 

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Not many museums are free these days. We throughly enjoyed the Illinois State Museum. The children's museum in the basement were enjoyed by both my 10 and 1 year old. The art exhibit was exceptional.

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Saint Louis MO
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Good museum. Nicely laid out with easy to see and enjoy exhibits. Liked the layout and location. Nothing to dislike.

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southern Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I found the Illinois State Museum modernized and interesting. Last August there was a great Civil War exhibit, a permanent geological exhibit, and more. there were items and rooms for kids but plenty for adults. Very different from 15 years ago. I highly recommend it. it only takes 1-2 hours but explains alot about Illinois and its people.

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Springfield, Illinois
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

This museum is free and really does have something for all ages. The kids area has activities for all ages, from scientific things to look at under microscopes to digging for fossils and a play jeep to take on a safari. My 3 yr old grandson played for about two hours and wanted to stay longer. There are also animal... More 

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