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McLean County Museum of History

200 N Main St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61701-3912
+1 309-827-0428
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Finding Flora and Torri at the reception was amazing Nice people. The construction of the court... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Sao Paulo, SP
Surprisingly good exhibit

This is a nice museum as it is in an actual old courthouse, not just another building. That makes... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
John L
Dallas, Texas
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The McLean County Museum of History traces its roots back to 1892, the year the McLean County Historical Society was founded. It is a nationally accredited award winning museum with five permanent exhibit galleries and two rotating galleries. The Museum is located in the historic 1903 McLean County Courthouse that includes an architectural tour throughout the building. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and FREE for children and students with I.D. This educational institution is dedicated to telling the rich story of McLean County through programs which serve people of all ages. The Museum preserves 19,000 objects, makes available more than 11,500 rare and hard to find reference books, manages 1,700 feet of historical papers and images in its archives. It also houses the new Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center and the McLean County Genealogical Society. Tuesdays are FREE days.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
200 N Main St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61701-3912
+1 309-827-0428
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

Finding Flora and Torri at the reception was amazing Nice people. The construction of the court house is stunning. The museum is very interesting.

Beth W, General Manager at McLean County Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thanks for visiting, we are glad you enjoyed the museum and visitors center. We will pass along your compliment to our volunteer Flora and our staff member Torii. Come back soon!

Reviewed 11 June 2017

This is a nice museum as it is in an actual old courthouse, not just another building. That makes the exhibits more plausible. Of course, there was a lot about Lincoln (he practiced law here), and a very good explanation of farming corn. Corn is...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Our original intention when stopping here was just to see the Route 66 portion on the lower floor. But ... when we found out that Tuesday's were free to tour the museum .. well - we had to! And we weren't disappointed. There is a...More

Thank Sherry C
Reviewed 29 April 2017

It was relatively interesting but only takes 30 minutes to see most everything. The building is very pretty and the surrounding grounds have some historical buildings. I however would not drive too far just to see this museum.

Thank Douglas W
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

The ground floor is where you enter. That floor is dedicated to Route 66 memorabilia and a gift shop. There were two short videos. You can then explore the remaining floors. My teenagers had the best time in the jail cell on the "first" floor....More

Thank JefCin
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This museum is ok. Not all of the exhibits are related to McLean County Illinois. The other big issue is that a good deal of the exhibits are not taken care of very well. A troue museum with a curator would not let exbibits look...More

Thank Nick_BMI
Beth W, Executive Director at McLean County Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2017

Thanks for leaving a review. It is true we are in the middle of a major renovation, so the final two exhibit galleries that are showing their age will be updated. As a small nonprofit museum, we have been raising $3 million to get this...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

There was so much to see at the museum. I will have to go back as I did not allow enough time to see all of the exhibit and watch the video. What I did see was very informative and interactive. A cool exhibit!

Thank irisnbloom
Reviewed 2 February 2017

A nice little museum here in Bloomington, IL. Talks about the history of Bloomington and some of the famous people from the area. Interesting display on the Indian (from India) migration to Bloomington. Honestly I didn't expect much but came away glad I stopped in....More

Thank mikefromsingapore
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Really enjoyed the two videos on the first floor on Lincoln and Route 66. We did not visit the Museum of history.

Thank Nancy1064
Reviewed 19 December 2016

I visited the museum in November of 2015. I liked the Native American display area. I am a history buff, so I enjoyed this museum.

Thank Dale M
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28 August 2016|
Response from Adrianne D | Reviewed this property |
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall is on display Thursday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug 28 at 2pm. It's located at Bloomington’s Evergreen Cemetery, 302 E. Miller St.