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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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Good public institution destined to be closed by current Governor to save a nickel

a very good State Museum, with art, archeology and anthropology displays. The current idiot governor, Rauner, is in the process of shutting it down to save a nickel so he can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

a very good State Museum, with art, archeology and anthropology displays. The current idiot governor, Rauner, is in the process of shutting it down to save a nickel so he can give his rich friends the tax cuts they need. Go if it is open.

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Barrington, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We only spent 1 - 2 hours in the museum which was quite small. I thought it was worth it considering there was no admission fee. Our kids enjoyed the first floor area the most.

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I can't believe the state may close this wonderful museum. We visit state museums whenever possible, many charge a fee and are snooze-worthy. I've always felt the museum in Springfield provides a great display of where we came from. Maybe some people have to be entertained in museums to find them valuable, but from since I was a little girl,... More 

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a very unique museum that doesn't try to immortalize Lincoln, but rather makes him a real person with a real life and a real family. Do NOT miss the movies. They are unlike any I have seen. We also did one of the Living History plays. Though after the day it seemed almost "Lincoln Overload" not sure there... More 

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United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Somewhat disappointing. I expected more about the history of Illinois, but the exhibits were more about Illinois natural history. Nothing against the early settlers, etc., but tell me more about the settling of the state.

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Pekin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The kids (7 & 4) and I had a great time. The current themes were really neat. The 1st floor had plenty of pull and explore drawers that the kids loved. The 2nd floor was only partially open. The bottom floor though was the kids museum portion. They had an absolute blast. Free admission and free parking is a major... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Nice place to spend the afternoon. Tells about the early history of Illinois. Fun to walk through. It took about 2 hours to see.

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Minnesota City, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I hate to give a poor rating to the local Illinois State Museum because we had such a wonderful time spending a weekend in Springfield and taking in all of the wonderful historical places. The people of Springfield couldn't have been more warm and welcoming. We enjoyed our time there immensely. However, their State Museum is just not very interesting,... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Illinois State Museum

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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