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Museum of the Grand Prairie

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Address: 600 North Lombard, Mahomet, IL 61853 (Formerly Early American Museum)
Phone Number: +1 217-586-2612
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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A great place to gain knowledge of life on the prairie. Technology and farming.

This is a wonderful place for adults and children. The museum has well presented exhibits of the natural history of the prairie along with information on pioneers and farming. One... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 August 2016
Columbus, Georgia
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Columbus, Georgia
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478 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is a wonderful place for adults and children. The museum has well presented exhibits of the natural history of the prairie along with information on pioneers and farming. One section is devoted to A. Lincoln who visited the area often. There are also exhibits about how the prairie was formed and then farmed. The well done exhibits are informative... More 

Thank GreenLakerGA
Springfield, VA
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Great museum (free) and nice gardens. What a surprise to find such a nice museum! Includes geologic history of the area as well as cultural history.

Thank Lois003
Mahomet, Illinois
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

At this small central Illinois museum, you can learn about central Illinois' history, from when the glaciers shaped the landscape through the time Europeans settled here. There's a great compact exhibit about Lincoln's role in Illinois, a hands-on children's section and a yearly changing exhibit. Currently, the focus is on the role of water in the area. If you hurry,... More 

Thank K S
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This small, local museum is great! Great exhibits on early prairie/settlers/Lincoln/natural history. The downstairs has an amazing area for kids to play with - toys, puzzles, kitchen area - all with a focus on settlers. They also offer great programs throughout the year. And all totally free! Worth a stop here, for sure.

Thank supapfunk
Mahomet, Illinois
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a great museum to learn a lot about the history of the Great Prairie. It covers the creation of the geographic points, the people and their influence on the land. The museum also includes a beautiful garden and a one room school house. I have been many times to visit the interactive children's area. They really loved it.

Thank Donna N
Mahomet, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Learn all about our history here on the prairie from the days of the native Indians inhabiting Illinois through current time with interactive displays. they also have formal and prairie gardens out back to spend wandering with our native plants

Mahomet, Illinois
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

When I went there the staff was just finishing new displays in the lower level. This museum is worth a walk through to help connect with the way things were 150 years ago. It's well done with friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Thank ZHKing
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015

I regularly visit the Museum of the Grand Prairie just off IL-47 and I-74, eight miles west of Champaign, IL. The museum is filled with life and treasures of days gone by. A true sense of country living can be appreciated by the wonderful displays and knowledgable staff. There is even a country store to buy some of the replicas... More 

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Grayslake, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

The museum is quite new and contains many displays of local interest. After wondering through it and the gift shop we headed outside to view the beautiful grounds. The sound of the adjacent road was the only negative. The pond was packed with singing frogs and toads at such a volume it was incredible. From here we drove to the... More 

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Mahomet, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

Just out of Mahomet and off the interstate, this museum at the entrance to Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve can also be thought of as a Welcome Center. In its very pleasant setting, the architecture fits well to contain natural and historical information. Outdoor areas are quite nice for concerts as well.

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