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Illinois State Museum

502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
+1 217-782-7386
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Great for all ages

First visit and totally impressed. The exhibits were informative and interesting to the adults in... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2013
Alexandria, VA
Very nice museum

Pros: Very clean, free (other than a donation) not crowded. 3 floors full of exhibits with an... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2013
Linda Y
Toluca, Illinois, United States
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
+1 217-782-7386
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

First visit and totally impressed. The exhibits were informative and interesting to the adults in our group, and the kids enjoyed all the "pull-out" drawers and "please touch" items. The special kids area in the basement was particularly fun for the kids in our group...More

Thank J M
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Pros: Very clean, free (other than a donation) not crowded. 3 floors full of exhibits with an elevator, walkways big enough for a stroller, air conditioned, my teenaged daughter and I really enjoyed reading and listening to the civil war exhibit on the third floor....More

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

I had visited the IL State Museum at Springfield 3+ years ago and it was fun time for my then 6 year old. I returned rencently and wow - they have added alot of hands on activities for the kids! Now with my 2 and...More

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The Illinois State Museum is an excellent family travel destination...one that has attractions for all ages. Its exhibits can be visited at your own pace. The exhibits are fascinating and educational. Admission is free to the museum and exhibits. I was available to attend the...More

Thank charles h
Reviewed August 5, 2013

what a wonderful place this is for adults and kids the same! nice play area on bottom floor and great stuff on the other 2 floors as well. we had just a great time when we visited this place last week

Thank jj1342
Reviewed August 3, 2013

We planned to spend only a couple of ours here exploring the Museum. Ended up 4 hours exploring. Loved every part of it and my 2 girls especially loved the Kids Play Museum downstairs. Well worth the time spent, we all had a blast learning.

Thank JOE10110427
Reviewed August 2, 2013

We have three kids from 2 to 11, and all of them enjoyed this museum. Very hands on and interactive for the youngsters with diverse and info packed exhibits for the older kids. Do not miss the giant ground sloth fossil on floor one. Did...More

Thank algohymer
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This museum is FREE! Metered parking is available right outside the museum, but there are other lots available within walking distance. It's located between Lincoln's home and the capitol, so it's very convenient to visit, too. We spent 1 - 1/2 hours here. While adults...More

Thank JuwelAnn
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Cool exhibits, liked the new quilt and civil war women exhibit, too bad it ends soon. Gift shop nice but the nicer things are expensive, ceramic cardinal $75! Children's area is really great

Thank Norman S
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This building in next to the active Capitol Building and complex by walking or driving down Capitol Street. It has displays of moon rocks, and prehistoric animals that roam the Illinois plains. It has arts and crafts which are apart of our heritage as well...More

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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.