Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville: Hours, Address, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A sophisticated Native American society of about 20,000 people that operated via a sun calendar and disappeared by 1400.
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Schusky
Collinsville, IL15 contributions
Fascinating, historical, and fun
Apr 2021 • Family
Breathtaking site too often overlooked with excellent interpretive signs and material, a phenomenal museum, excellent trails, and a look into our shared past comparable to the great Aztec, Mayan and Incan civilizations of the Americas.
Written April 26, 2021
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Jaime P
Bordentown, NJ61 contributions
Go into the museum. It’s worth it.
Feb 2021 • Couples
Super cool site. Don’t miss the museum. It is set up in a way you learn a lot and it’s so well done. They have a lifelike part where it feels like you’re walking through the village. Very cool. The staff was very nice.
Written February 28, 2021
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anderson213
Hannibal, MO398 contributions
Went on the guided tour . . .
Sep 2020
To get the most of the experience, you probably should go on the guided tour. You learn more than from just visiting the center. However, with that said, there's a lot of questions that are still unanswered.--So, it's a great place to learn about these early Native Americans, but not all of your questions will be answered.
Also, climb the big one, and see the Arch from a different perspective--or even have a picnic from that spot!!
Written December 30, 2020
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Hank H
Virginia369 contributions
Exceptional Historical Site
Oct 2020 • Couples
On our way to St Louis for a wedding, we thought this would be an interesting diversion for an hour. We ended up staying for three hours and wished we had even more time. Previously, we had no idea that such a massive Native American settlement existed here, in the center of the country, for hundreds of years.

The museum/Interpretive Center is built to Smithsonian standards - every display, especially the diorama, is as beautiful as it is informative.

We wanted to take one of the many planned walks around the well-landscaped grounds, but only had time to ascend the largest mound (Monk’s Mound) for a beautiful view of the entire site. Signs at this mound made it possible for us to imagine what it was like to be the Chieftan living at the top.

TIP: Plan your visit better than we did. On a sunny day with mild temps, you have plenty to see and do for at least half a day.
Written October 23, 2020
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We really appreciate you sharing your experience with others and for the great review. We agree, people who are really interested can spend at least half a day here if the visit the Interpretive Center (open Thurs.-Sun. currently) and also plan to hike the three interpretive trails. the grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk. We do have interpretive signs at the parking lots and major site features and the gift shop has guide books for those available as well. We hope to see you back again sometime.
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Nathan S
1 contribution
Well Worth It
Oct 2020
Visited Cahokia last weekend. It was well worth the drive. Plan on spending about 2 hours there to see most of the land features. The "Interpretative Center" exceeded my expectations. It was very nicely done. I highly recommend Cahokia.
Written October 6, 2020
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We appreciate your great review. Yes, if someone wants to really experience the site and Interpretiv Center, they should allow at least 2-3 hours. currently the I.C. is open Thursday through Sunday 9-5 and the grounds are open every day dawn to dusk.
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esprouls47
Wadesville, IN59 contributions
Impressive collection of mounds
Oct 2020 • Couples
Cahokia Mounds is easy to get to. It has a nice Visitor Center and museum. Presently you cannot view the film, but the collection of pottery and stones is impressive. A reproduction life-size village explain the native Americans life well.There are many trails. The twin mounds are close to the museum and worth seeing. You can drive to Monks Mound, the largest mound in the US and climb it (165 steps). The price is also right—a donation.
Written October 3, 2020
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Thanks for your great review. Glad you enjoyed your visit and we appreceiate you sharing your experience. Although you could not view the orientation movie, you can watch it on our web site and on You Tube, Cahokia: City of the Sun.
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dsulli
17 contributions
Enough variety to interest (and educate) everyone
Sep 2020
The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, near Collinsville, Illinois, is a beautiful park-like setting open daily from dawn to dusk. (800 acres of the 2,200-acres of the original site are open to the public and include the 100-foot-high Monks Mound and Woodhenge, the reconstructed ancient sun calendar.)

When we arrived, a lot of people were climbing the mounds (stairs) and probably got a much better sense of the magnitude of the urban center that once existed than we did.

Because we aren't as ambulatory as we'd like, we had to limit our visit to the Interpretive Center, which reopened in July. Luckily we were there on a Thursday - one of the days the center is open. (Check schedules ahead of time and be sure to bring a mask.) A wheelchair is available for those less ambulatory than we.

The displays and dioramas provided context and a compelling narrative that kept us hobbling along to the end. It was definitely worth the effort. Several parents brought their young children, who seemed to have a blast.

We had hoped to watch the 17-minute video tour of Cahokia Mounds, which is available for disabled visitors, but the theater was closed as part of Illinois's pandemic shutdown. We were told the video is available online.

Some other reviewers have grumbled, but we think the we think the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site does a good job of hitting visitors' differing levels of archaeological interest and understanding.

A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is time well spent.
Written October 1, 2020
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Thanks for your excellent review and summary of what we offer, it should be helpful to others. Thanks for sharing your experience. Currently we are open Thursday through Sunday from 9-5 a the Interpretive Center, but the grounds are open every day dawn to dusk. We are glad you made it on a day we were open.
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singlechic
Greensboro, NC51 contributions
Amazing historic site, but choose your day carefully
Sep 2020
Planned on making it a all afternoon adventure, but found out when I got there that the interpretive center is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays right now. Last time I checked the website, I think it only listed Mondays. Disappointed, but still walked/drove around the park reading the markers. Impressive mounds, but it would have been much better with the center open. No facilities with the center closed.
Written September 23, 2020
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Glad you were able to visit our site but sorry you were unable to visit the Interpretive Center. Our closing days changed due to Covid and staff shortages but we hope those concerns will change in the future. At least you were able to walk the interpretiv trails and view the signage at the major site features. Even though the Center is closed Mon-Wed, the grounds are always open dawn to dusk every day.
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD4,376 contributions
10th to 13th C Early Native American UNESCO Site.
Sep 2020
We had perfect weather to visit this 1982 UNESCO historical site to walk the trails and climb the Monk Mound but not visit the Visitor Center. Unfortunately its now only open Thursday to Sunday due to Covid but there are plenty of informative sign boards throughout the 2,200 acre site. One shows the scores of mounds all along the Mississippi River which we intend to follow down to Poverty Point in LA.
From the 100' height of Monk Mound, it's easy to appreciate the number of highways that cut through this site.
Written September 21, 2020
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Glad you were able to visit the site but missed seeing the Interpretive Center, it is well worth a return visit sometime--one of the best archaeological museums in the country! At least you were able to climb Monks Mound and see some of the other site features and view the large interpretive signs. We hope to see you back sometime.
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Laura G
Gainesville, FL76 contributions
UNESCO surprise
Jul 2020
Nice surprise to find a UNESCO site so close when we stopped off the highway for the night. Well maintained grounds to walk around. Stairs up main mound not for the weak. We met several locals going up and down for their daily exercise, (we were there bright and early in the morning). Restrooms at picnic area temporarily closed. We were the first ones in the visitor's center. Nice museum, not too large for those who aren't into lots of read. Loved the wall mural that really gave a nice depiction of how large the population was.
Written August 6, 2020
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Thanks for stopping and for your great review and for sharing your experience with others. We are proud of our site and museum and hope you will be back again sometime.
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