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Illinois State Museum

502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL
(217)782-7386
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Ranked #7 of 32 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 time, from the beginning of life on Earth to an era... more » 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. « less
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Saint Louis MO
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
40 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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LEJ45
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31 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had our 18 month old with us and dragging her to historical sites was probably boring for her. We just happened upon this museum and stopped in. Perfect for her! She loved the hands-on area in the basement, but we got there just before that section closed. No worries. She loved all the animals throughout the displays on the... More

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West baden
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This museum was very informative. My kids are 8 & 9 and they enjoyed this museum very much! They were able to smash a penny as well. Which they collect!

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Naperville, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This was a great exhibit of Illinois history! So many great things to see and do. I was very surprised to learn that IL used to be near the equator and under water!

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

All over Springfield, they were advertising the new kid's area at the museum. My 9 year enjoyed it for awhile but she got bored after an hour or so. The activities were more aimed at younger children. The rest of the museum is good but does not really focus on Illinois history. Another free activity.

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