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Illinois State Museum

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Address: 502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
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
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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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Great little museum!

We visited the museum for a birds of prey program and stayed to explore. There are tons if interesting activities and hands on learning stations throughout the facility. Plan to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum for a birds of prey program and stayed to explore. There are tons if interesting activities and hands on learning stations throughout the facility. Plan to spend 3-4 hours to really check everything out. Great for PreK and up. Cute gift shop.

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Catano
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit in Springfield, affordable and with variety of activities, including a movie, a whole level for the kids, live demonstrations, showcases, etc.

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Thank Evelyn L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reopened and a great review of prehistory, fossils, ecology, early people, and art. Fun play area of kids. $5 for adults and kids and seniors free. You will have a blast!

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Franklinville, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

$5.00 fee for adults, free to kids, military and seniors. Very informative displays. Prehistoric to modern, native to now, artwork on top floor alone is worth the trip.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are 2 floors. Most of the first floor takes you through the earth's history. I found this was long and boring, with way too much detail. However, my friend loved it.So if you like anthropology, etc. you'll like it. I liked the 2nd floor. There are a few different exhibits there that I found much more interesting. Still a... More 

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Belvidere, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

I was told the museum open JULY 2ND when I was there visiting. I visit the museum without knowing anything about it. Once I began my tour, I notice the museum is about things to do with science class. If you are into "science", this is the place to see and go. It is more recommended for school projects.

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Stronghurst, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

My son (he's 5) and I had such a delightful time at the Illinois State Museum. To begin, we toured the first and second floors and learned a lot about the history of Illinois's geology and saw a plethora of fossils! The large diorama scenes for each period are so full of details and very artistically done. We also enjoyed... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We visited this museum several times, as part of a personal trip with our daughter and each of our grandchildren. Several exhibits are especially enjoyable for young children. Many artifacts are located in drawers that are low enough for them to see into them, and as they open the drawer, the light illuminates the things in the drawer very well.... More 

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Naperville, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

I was about to leave Springfield when our hotel front desk mentioned that this hotel was reopening that same day. Being a block away, and not really wanting to go home yet, we walked over. Everyone we encountered were so happy that we were there. (we were one of the first guests of the day and since October!). They thanked... More 

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Boston MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

i was there on Sunday and it was closed i did not check for when it was open my fault that's all to say

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