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Illinois State Museum

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Address: 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706
Phone Number: +1 217-782-7386
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun 12:00 - 16:30
Mon - Tue 09:00 - 16:30
Wed 21:00 - 16:30
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Illinois State Museum focuses on the art, natural history, history and...

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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So Much To See!

The Illinois State Museum has so much to see - plan on spending at least a few hours here. My favorite permanent exhibits are the four full-size dioramas detailing lives of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Illinois State Museum has so much to see - plan on spending at least a few hours here. My favorite permanent exhibits are the four full-size dioramas detailing lives of pre-historic Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian Native cultures and historic Indians. Reasonable fees and free to seniors and ISM donors. Parts of the museum are "old-school"/classic museum and others are... More 

1 Thank Tommy B
Sheridan, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is very interesting. It has a new children's play area that is fun even for adults! This would be a good place to spend the day on a cold weekend!

Thank grandmatammy50
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This state museum recently re-opened after budget cuts closed it. There were two ticket-takers, and two guards, and just two visitors! The fee was $5; free to seniors. This museum specializes in Illinois geology and ancient history. It has many dioramas showing prehistoric life in the state. The second floor includes an art gallery. This was a perfect place to... More 

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Lakeland, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Lynne Wilkinson The library across the street was not open for research on Sunday. The museum open on Sunday , may require a reservation. There are 2 short presentations and a log cabin to walk through. A small display of vintage dresses occupies the White House room. The rest of the building is taken up with pictures, uniforms, and artifacts.... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This museum has an exhibit of natural history of Illinois on the ground floor, and on the second floor there were exhibits of Native American history, Carl Sandburg's home, and artwork by Illinois residents. The natural history exhibit looks like it's stuck in the 1970s or 1980s with it's interpretative signs and dioramas. It needs more hands-on activities for modern... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

I have always been curious about the Civil War but if you want in depth coverage this is the place to go. The displays are all awe inspiring and the personal interact with Abe interesting. Very informational

Thank garyhD7668IG
Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is awesome. The research and collections lab (off site) is in line behind the Smithsonian so the collections are well researched. It's too bad Illinois didn't respect a good thing and keep the fabulous staff and researchers. I hope it stays as solid now as ever. Since its re-opened (due to the state budget) kids are just as... More 

Thank TamaraR1992
Belleville, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Visited this museum and while it has some displays and I did learn something during my tour it did not take long and disappointing for the lack of material for a State Museum. I was greeted by a very nice lady at the front door and explained how to tour the museum. It was not very busy and I can... More 

Thank Mike S
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 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.

1 Thank Evelyn L

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