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Illinois State Museum

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Address: 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL
Phone Number: (217)782-7386
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Illinois State Museum is not just a learning experience - it's an...
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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Nice for younger kids, but sorely needs major updates. Alot of the the exhibits are old or didnt work without a card that you had to pay for

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Milan, Illinois
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Milan, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Nice for younger kids, but sorely needs major updates. Alot of the the exhibits are old or didnt work without a card that you had to pay for

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We're local, and I will often take my toddler son to play in the Play Zone in the basement. It is fun for all ages (I'd say under 10) with 4 areas of different things to do. My son and I were there for about an hour and a half today, and when we came home he was so tired... More 

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Peoria, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Trying to find parking was horrible. The website said there was a lot, but I never found it-everything required a permit. And most of the parking meters on the street didn't work. After finally getting in, it was small & quite basic. Maybe the mistake was visiting the fabulous Lincoln museum first? The gift shop was the most impressive part.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I am so glad my husband and I went to this museum. I loved it. I will be sure to take my children this summer to view the museum, and to play in the children's area of the museum.

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We go to the museum for several reasons. Certainly their recent modernization of many permanent exhibits is to be hailed for its interactive and informative quality. But in addition to all that, there is a theater in the basement where we find interesting lectures and performances. This review is being written after a delightful afternoon with Walt Whitman while he... More 

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Chatham, Illinois
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I've taken classes here, I've taken my students here, I've taken my children and grandchildren here and it just keeps getting better. There are plenty of exhibits for all ages. Lots of hands on for those who don't want to read or can't read. Each floor is unique. Bathrooms are clean. Gift shop is pricey but very nice. Parking is... More 

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New Berlin, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

It has been about five years since my husband and I took our young grandson to the ISM. It was now time to take our granddaughter ~ who has reached the perfect age for a trip to the Discovery Room. Not only did the visit through the archeological-educational section provide new information for us, it also held the interest of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The museum has free admission and is perfect to spend 2-3 hours. The first floor has many interactive exhibits. Some were just as great as the Field Museam in Chicago. The second floor was all about the history of IL and had an amazing scene of Native American life. The basement was a play area for children, perfect for ages... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We are so lucky to have such a great cultural and historical resource! Such variety, such quality whether you are interested in history, art or natural history. Be sure to visit the Store, too. What a treasure.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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