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Illinois State Museum

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Address: 502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
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
Fri - 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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Great exhibits and options for kids!

The ISM is fun for kids and adults alike! It boasts a variety of exhibits, including a full size mastodon skeleton and Illinois specific fossils, animals, and historical... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kimberly S
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Alton, Illinois
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234 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A statewide survey of Illinois history, art, cultural expressions, archeology and so much more. Go. Alone. With family and friends. Take the kids. Just go.

Thank Rbj2040
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ISM is fun for kids and adults alike! It boasts a variety of exhibits, including a full size mastodon skeleton and Illinois specific fossils, animals, and historical artifacts. The kids area in the lower level is a great, hands on way for kids to learn and play. The museum shop is also fun!

Thank Kimberly S
Springfield, Illinois
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12 reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017

A first class learning opportunity for everyone! Very entertaining at the same time. Lots of fun for all ages.

Thank Cynda-5
Joliet, Illinois
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

One of the coolest museums I've ever been in. The displays were top notch and there were hours and hours of materials to look at.

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We visited here on an impulse and were rewarded. From the moment we walked in, this was the nicest museum staff that really went above and beyond. The docent at the front desk even called over to the Capitol to see if I could get into the next tour. The main level attraction that takes you through the geologic, flora,... More 

Thank omahonn
Lake County, Illinois
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We went to Changes on the first floor. It was a really nice exhibit showing the science supporting environmental changes experienced in Illinois. Scientists from diverse backgrounds and fields were represented as well. On the basement level is an area for children. Our children set a diorama ocean scene, added bones to a mastodont, displayed artwork and pressed foliage, clothed... More 

1 Thank ReneeBro
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Pros: we had the museum pretty much to ourselves for over an hour maybe because everyone was at the st. Patrick's day parade or because it was cold out, admission is free for kids, kids area is very interactive Cons: the exhibits require a lot of reading and there isn't a whole lot for a 5 year old to touch... More 

1 Thank bcerda1
Tilton, Illinois
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The Illinois State Museum has been a favorite of our family for years. I lived in Springfield for nearly 40 years, so not only have I taken my children there but grandchildren too. There are many displays that stand the test of time, and enough changing displays to keep it interesting.

Thank Angie S
Normal, Illinois
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120 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

IL State Museum is like many others. Collection of art, children's play area, fossils, local heritage and history and a sprinkle of interactive exhibits to boot. You will go here for a museum experience, you will be good with the visit, and you will be glad it was only $5 per adult. The basement children's area has a fun "fossil"... More 

1 Thank Jason H
Springfield, Illinois
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71 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This museum often gets overlooked because of the Presidential Museum. It is a great place for young kids and has lots to offer in activities. It has struggled over the last year or so because of the state's budget cuts but it is really trying to come back. It's worth a stop if traveling with children.

Thank MRiseling

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