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Illinois State Museum

502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL
(217)782-7386
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Ranked #7 of 30 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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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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6 reviews 6 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
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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16 reviews 16 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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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41 attraction reviews
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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Peoria, Illinois
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a lovely place for people of all ages to learn many new things about Illinois and the natural world! It is always changing its exhibits.

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Chatham, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Bring the whole family! Let the grandparent(s) bring the children for a bonding experience. In "Changes" you'll see nothing like it -- the development of the state of Illinois from the time when the state was close to the equator to the present. It takes up all the area on the first floor. . There's more exhibits and historical artifacts... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Very educational place. Learned a lot of new things going here. They also have a play museum for kids here which is always a nice thing lol.

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