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Illinois State Museum

502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
+1 217-782-7386
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To start it's almost impossible to find parking. We had to park on the street and pay for parking... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kelley1968
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Sandwich, Illinois
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Kids loved it

Stopped by here on our way to Chicago. The place is clean and has well made exhibits. My 8 year old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Renee W
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Florissant
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The Illinois State Museum focuses on the art, natural history, history and anthropology of the State of Illinois. Admission is $5 for adults ages 19-64. Children under 19, seniors over 64, veterans, and active duty military personnel are free.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
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+1 217-782-7386
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"natural history"
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"native americans"
in 7 reviews
"the lower level"
in 12 reviews
"million years"
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"ice age"
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"main floor"
in 7 reviews
"children's area"
in 10 reviews
"all ages"
in 21 reviews
"second floor"
in 13 reviews
"two floors"
in 5 reviews
"great for kids"
in 7 reviews
"great exhibits"
in 9 reviews
"interactive exhibits"
in 6 reviews
"lots of fun"
in 4 reviews
"budget cuts"
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"on display"
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"kids and adults"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

To start it's almost impossible to find parking. We had to park on the street and pay for parking which wasn't bad. Spent a total of an hour and a half in the museum rather disappointing. There was a section in the basement for kids...More

Thank Kelley1968
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by here on our way to Chicago. The place is clean and has well made exhibits. My 8 year old daughter loved the upstairs. She loves looking at historical stuff. The 2 year old loved downstairs. We stayed down there for a while. Lots...More

Thank Renee W
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Recently,i returned to Springfield,a city I visited in 1969 in my salad days.I enjoyed its fine dioramas depicting Native American Life in Illinois,during the Late Archaic Period,the 3rd Century(Woodland Indians),Mississipian Period,and the 19th Century(Kickapoo Culture)permanently on display.i also was impressed by the fine exhibit of...More

Thank margatemensch2016
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

This museum isn’t very big, although it does only cost $5 for admission. It focuses on natural history and the history of Illinois. Unfortunately I’ve recently been to a lot of natural history museums and once you’ve been to one you’ve pretty much been to...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

This place is underrated for a local museum. I wouldn’t travel 3 hours for it, but it’s pretty cool. It has a nice play area for kids downstairs. They’ll love it. There are some other cool things in their “Changes” exhibit if you’re into the...More

1  Thank Jackson P
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Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

This was a great visit we spent a good 4 hours and enjoyed every minute. Note the bathrooms downstairs has paper towels if you have little ones who don’t like blow dryers. The main level had lots of animal information that really appealed to my...More

1  Thank Aaron W
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Reviewed November 13, 2017

This museum is dedicated to our 16th President's life. From his boyhood in Kentucky to his last day as President. It is a wonderful place to bring children as well as for any age to visit. There is so much to learn, and much that...More

Thank SHamilton7789
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

Not a lot to say, feels like a small town museum without much funding. $5 entry fee is about right for a small museum without a lot of exhibits.

Thank Rob B
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

There is an entrance fee for people ( like $5), but children were free and over 65 are free. It is great for kids. Get a free parking pass from the Springfield Visitors Center so you won't need to pay around the museum.

Thank Rita R
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

What a wonderful museum experience. We spent a half day touring the museum and learned so much we never knew about our 14th president. He was a great man and did so much for our country but was not appreciated until after his death. The...More

Thank sum1has2
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LMJ_2011
June 15, 2016|
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Response from graysnow18 | Property representative |
The Museum has new hours. 9:00-4:30 Monday through Saturday and Noon to 4:30 on Sunday. The children's Play Museum exhibit is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 and 12-4:30 on Sunday.
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