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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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A great place for spur of the moment

We just took a day and headed to Springfield for things to do, and this was a nice place to visit. Kids really enjoyed this. Parking was easy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Middletown
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Middletown
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We just took a day and headed to Springfield for things to do, and this was a nice place to visit. Kids really enjoyed this. Parking was easy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the exhibits on the geological history of Illinois very much. The front desk guard gave me an excellent overview of the museum, which added a great deal to my visit!

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Florissant, Missouri
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This was a great museum the staff were friendly and the exhibits were very detailed. This is free to visit donations are accepted and there is a gift shop attached.

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Riverton, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Great exhibits, always a new exhibit. Good for groups or families. Lots to see in the pullout drawers. A lot of educational things to see.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This was time well spent. Don't miss the upstairs display showing Illinois life and how it changed through the years. Well done. No charge either.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My husband and I popped into the museum during the Anniversary of Lincoln's Burial and it quickly became our very favorite part of visiting Springfield. I've read reviews that found the museum boring, but I feel they weren't fully present to witness what they were seeing: Giant animals once roamed through the state, which you can see -- and touch... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I visited this museum thirty years ago, was impressed with it enough to re-visit and still think it is a very good museum. There was a small Lincoln collection on display, but the permanent exhibits were the most interesting

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Benld, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My family enjoyed this museum. I was glad they had an area just for kids so they could take a break from the "don't touch" stuff.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Pros: -No charge to get in -Not crowded -Open every day Cons: -Very small museum, went through it in less than 30 min. -Basement only had a paperweight exhibit and a children's area which looked like the only promising part of the museum (we don't have kids, so didn't go in this part.) -1st floor "Changes" exhibit was somewhat interesting,... More 

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Beecher,Il
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90 reviews 90 reviews
34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Who knew? Lots to see and do in this museum. It was easy to get to and a great surprise to see ancient Illinois. I wish we would have left ourselves more time to enjoy this museum. It was a must see not to be forgotten in all the other locations nearby

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