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Illinois State Museum

Closed Now: 21:00 - 16:00
Open today: 21:00 - 16:00
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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 2 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
Great museum-no parking

The museum had you travel through natural history to present days. The choices gallery had... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Donnagay A
Kaysville, Utah
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
+1 217-782-7386
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank gatzbyllc
Reviewed 6 October 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.

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Reviewed 15 August 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

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Reviewed 31 July 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

Thank nursedi
Reviewed 19 July 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

Thank gabby560
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

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

Thank pirroporra
Reviewed 14 July 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

Thank aztec222016
Reviewed 26 June 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

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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

To start it's almost impossible to find parking. We had to park on the street and pay for parking which wasn't bad. Spent a total of an hour and a half in the museum rather disappointing. There was a section in the basement for kids...More

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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.