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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
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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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Wonderful museum...hope it stays open!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
bluepersuasion77
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Stronghurst, Illinois
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Belvidere, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Thank MeterReader
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Spent several hours seeing the exhibits and learning a glimpse of Illinois history. Parking is awkward for the new to town but that was out only hitch

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Springfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

It's a great museum for the family. Within walking distance of the state capitol and offers something for everyone. Don't miss the kids museum in the lower level. Special exhibits on the top floor. Due to Illinois budget miasma it has been closed for a year but will be reopening this summer. It is possible they may switch from a... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

An excellent natural history and art museum. Sadly, currently closed by our current governor to save $1.98 in Illinois' horrid financial state. Unfortunately, the resulting loss of senior staff will forever cripple this facilty even if it reopens. Stay tuned.

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Thank Doug M
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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.

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Springfield, Illinois
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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.

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