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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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8:30 am - 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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I enjoyed the exhibits which featured fossils, soil changes, climate change, etc. A great place for children and adults.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the exhibits which featured fossils, soil changes, climate change, etc. A great place for children and adults.

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Holland, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Stopped here on our way out of town just for something to do for the kids before a long ride. It's a touch odd for my taste. Lots of fossils and things from billions of years ago and lots of displays on eveolution on the main floor (kids were bummed the dime machine was broken). The top floor was a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We are Chicago residents and devoted travelers and historians who have visited museums throughout the United States over the last 40 years. But until recently we had never been to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. Shame on us. It is a free museum that has been described as "world class" by many educators. It tells the story of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I've lived in D.C., traveled all over the States, and been to MANY museums. This little museum is well worth a visit. It is small, intimate, and you can go at your own pace, not carried along by crowds or interrupted by "professional" tour guides who push their group in ahead of you. You can spend as much or as... More 

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This is another state museum that is just a wonderful place to visit. Like a lot of the other state museums, they start with geological development and with prehistoric era and the extinct life forms and take you through the many periods of the earth and specifically the regions development. They have a couple of dioramas showing civilization among several... More 

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Kankakee, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This museum focused very heavily on the long-ago history of Illinois, from Ice Age to dinosaurs. The displays were well-executed, I just thought they missed the mark on topics. There was very little about what makes Illinois special -- no inventions/innovations, famous people, great cities. Just not what I expected, I guess.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

lots of info. on how the state was formed geologically, who settled it, and how they lived right up to the 1950's. lots of hands on for the kids, interactive video. also, currently there is an exhibit of the Museum's art collection. there is no charge.

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Naas, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I grew up going here with my parents and loved seeing the museum evolve into what it is today. My niece and nephew who visit every summer always want to go to the museum and see the mammoth and drive the jeep in the discovery room. This is a wonderful place to go and spend an afternoon!

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Machesney Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I really enjoyed visiting the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, IL. They have several great exhibits that show how much our environment has changed in Illinois. If you like fun ecological science exhibits this is a place to visit. I also enjoyed viewing the wildlife and people of the past. Had a floor of art exhibits and displays. Informative, fun... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

A great resource for Illinois history with many genre displays including coal mining and glacial geologic information. Two floors of exhibits and a terrific gift shop with Illinois artisian items for sale. This museum is free and located in the Illinois Capitol area just a block from the free Visitor Centers parking lot.

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Additional Information about Illinois State Museum

Address: Address: 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL
Phone Number: (217)782-7386
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Springfield
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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