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Illinois State Museum

502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL
(217)782-7386
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Ranked #6 of 31 attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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kirkwood, il
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Returned to Illinois museum for first time in 15 years. Roamed around for 2 hours not noticing the time pass by as I absorbed all the displays and information. The Native American exhibit was and still is my favorite.

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Champaign, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Spent several hours going through Lincolns Museum. It was AWESOME!! We could have spent more time there but wanted to see other things as well. A MUST revisit for sure.

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Libertyville, IL, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I've visiting the State Museum several times over the years and always enjoy learning more about areas -- any area-- of Illinois. This museum's library probably has 19th century books and pictures defining your home or home town that can only be found here.

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Wurtland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Visitng here with family. Brought our 5 year old grandson and he loved it. Will come back when we have more time to spend!

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Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This FREE museum was so wonderful! We were there with five kids ages 3-12 and everyone loved it. The exhibits were very interactive and we learned so much about science, geology, animals, art, and much more. The downstairs kids area was lots of fun with a reading nook we could have stayed in for hours. Microscopes were a big hit... More

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Petersburg, IL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Recently visited the museum with my 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren (both 3 years old). My children hadn't been to the museum since they were young. They were amazed at the updates that had been made to this facility. The grandchildren loved opening the drawers below the displays to see additional objects related to the exhibit. They LOVED the... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We came here on a Sunday afternoon. The museum was not overly crowded, and staff were very friendly and helpful. Parking was easy, and best of all, the museum is free! If you're traveling with kids, the basement has a wonderful interactive area! My niece and nephew loved the magifier!! Highly recommend!

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

While on our trip to Springfield, IL (from Green Bay, WI) for a concert, we searched desperately for things we could do together as a family that would be affordable. When we came across the website for this museum, I was really excited. Then I saw that admission was free and I got really excited. Not being from the area,... More

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Macomb, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The Illinois State Museum is a little gem in downtown Springfield. A recently opened hands on area for children amazed and delighted out 9 year old granddaughter. There is no fee for admission; personnel are very polite and helpful. Parking is free and very available on weekends; otherwise you are fighting with government employees for parking spaces.

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Iowa
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25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We came here mostly because it was close to our hotel (the State House Inn), and we got off to a bad start when we got stuck in an elevator on our way up to the second floor. Once that was out of the way, though, we had a very nice visit and were glad we had come. Like almost... More

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