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Illinois State Museum

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Address: 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL
Phone Number: 12177827386
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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

We regret that all Illinois State Museum facilities are closed to the...

We regret that all Illinois State Museum facilities are closed to the public until further notice. In the interim, please take advantage of the educational resources available on our website.

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Excellent museum, but the Democrats in Springfield won't fix the budget, so it's closed

It's a shame that, like the White House (Which the President has closed to visitors), this museum has been closed due to lack of a budget by the Democrats in Springfield. Once... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
woodstock, Illinois
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woodstock, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

It's a shame that, like the White House (Which the President has closed to visitors), this museum has been closed due to lack of a budget by the Democrats in Springfield. Once they get their act together, DEFINITELY go there

Thank pryan67
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79 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Billionaire Illinois Governor Rauner is holding the museum hostage in his budget battle with the legislature. It is closed until the budget is resolved. Excellent museum that is now not open to visitors until the political fight is over.

Thank Paul K
Springfield, Illinois
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

What a great place to visit to see what has happened in the state. Many times everyone thinks only corn and soybeans, followed by Chicago and Lincoln. This shows there is more than that in Illinois.

Thank debrah34
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Best free thing to do in Springfield with a family. Unfortunately the new governor shut it down due to lack of funding.

Thank disneyland57
Nashville, Tennessee
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Because of the finically situation of the state the museum was closed. I have heard that this was one of the museums to visit while in Springfield and get a feel for the state's history. I am sure it is a fine museum and asking around its one of those things that it is closed until further notice. I am... More 

Thank roy1916
Springfield, Illinois
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Museums have become a major source of science education as schools become more and more focused on "testing". The ISM provides sound science and ecology going back to pre-European settlement. Interpretive activities are geared to engage children and hold their attention. This is a top-notch facility that we have visited on many occasions and bring all of our guests for... More 

Thank trevans625
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131 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We would've again visited this wonderful museum if the short-sighted boneheads running this state hadn't closed it a few days before we passed through town. I love this place!

2 Thank MsCheap1
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Is a great free attraction for the family, however definitely more geared toward younger children and some parts are outdated. Has a lot of potential, still would recommend going!

Thank Audrey W
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised at how chock full of information this museum was. From historical information to geological information it gave a lot of great insight to the State of Illinois. While small in size compared to big city museums you want to leave ample time to get through it all. I sure hope they find a way to fix... More 

2 Thank ColoradoJojo
Kent, Ohio
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117 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

excellent place to learn about state history. Staff is wonderfully helpful and friendly. Get there before it's closed!

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