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Illinois State Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The State Museum - Doing more with less!

The Museum has survived the budget cuts and slashing by the soon to be gone administration. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Central Illinois
Keep this great free museum open

this is a wonderful free attraction to take the kiddos and make a small donation to keep the museum... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Denver, Colorado
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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.
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502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum has survived the budget cuts and slashing by the soon to be gone administration. The first floor displays are great for everyone, while there is also a great educational kids area in the basement. The upstairs has some permanent dioramas, and fantastic rotating...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

this is a wonderful free attraction to take the kiddos and make a small donation to keep the museum open. Its a classic.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ladybrady007
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Anyone who knows my reviews knows that I am usually very upbeat. My wife and I didn't like this museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gatzbyllc
Reviewed October 6, 2018

The natural history area in the ground floor was interesting and well.done, but the upper level failed to deeply depict Illinois rich history. No mention of Chicago, little in Indian artifacts, not much about Navoo. So much rich history barely mentioned.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mauricesbelle
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

The museum had you travel through natural history to present days. The choices gallery had excellent interaction. It was enjoyable to hear the stories of the people who helped settle Illinois. The only drawback was the only parking was on the street with limited time...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Donnagay A
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Have not been here for many years. New exhibits and best of all free since we are seniors. What more can i ask for

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank nursedi
Reviewed July 19, 2018

It's been remodeled or should I say re-vamped. I went on a tour that showed artifact as related to Illinois history. It was included with admission. So interesting and attendees were encouraged to participate. I'd highly recommend this tour and plan on signing up for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank gabby560
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Very wonderfull and a scenic area very warm and friendly atmosphere anywhere you go. Very accessible

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank pirroporra
Reviewed July 14, 2018

Dinosour exibit was closed. Many Fossils to see and read, there were some small clips of people who lived in the area and saw the changes and damage to environment. Very few exibits of people of the past. It is very small

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank aztec222016
Reviewed June 26, 2018

This museum is small and a good portion of the 2nd floor was under construction. I was very disappointed. Nothing about plants, flowers, trees native to IL. No government information (like pictures/stories about IL governors.) Nothing about Chicago (the biggest city in the state). Nothing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from ebazanmuse | 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.