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Illinois State Museum

502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
+1 217-782-7386
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Experience ok but not up to expectations

We have toured both the Michigan and Tennessee State museums and found them not only free, but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Randy D
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Nice Saturday afternoon

This museum is kinda hidden. It is $5 for adults & free for kids under 12. The museum is laid out... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
+1 217-782-7386
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We have toured both the Michigan and Tennessee State museums and found them not only free, but enjoyable educational experiences. We anticipated that the Illinois State Museum would be likewise. We found it not as engaging in telling the story of Illinois as the previous...More

Thank Randy D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is kinda hidden. It is $5 for adults & free for kids under 12. The museum is laid out well with enough to entertain younger ones so parents can read about the exhibits. And there is so much to read! And the scientist...More

Thank bethanyg1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nearly everything in the main museum focuses on they way Illinois might have looked several million years ago. If you're a believer in young earth creationism, this might not be the place for you. There is a fun kids' area in the basement with some...More

Thank CJH218
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was not comfortable visiting this museum. I went to see some of the rock/fossil exhibitions and was followed the entire time by a male employee. I had to leave due to feeling very uncomfortable!!

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We saw this museum after visiting the Lincoln Museum & Library so in comparison it is very much old school in its presentation...no high tech. Still the exhibits were spot-on in Illinois early development and history and contained all the information I was looking for.

Thank Richardalways21
Reviewed 4 August 2017

My grandchildren love this place. There are two floors of exhibits about Illinois plants, animals, minerals, and history. In the basement there is a play area with a great deal of activities for the children! There is a small admission price for adults, but children...More

Thank marann7
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Sign outside says free, however it is now - $5 for Adults, Children are still free. Outdated and not worth the time since it is no longer free.

Thank S S
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

We had some extra time so we headed to the museum. Fun local and natural history exhibits. Reasonable entry fee.

Thank 276suzannea
Reviewed 24 May 2017

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
Reviewed 21 May 2017 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...More

Thank Kimberly S
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16 June 2016|
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Response from graysnow18 | 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.