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“Very nice and interesting”

Illinois State Museum
Ranked #7 of 55 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Saint Louis MO
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very nice and interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Good museum. Nicely laid out with easy to see and enjoy exhibits. Liked the layout and location. Nothing to dislike.

Visited August 2014
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southern Illinois
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What a great place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

I found the Illinois State Museum modernized and interesting. Last August there was a great Civil War exhibit, a permanent geological exhibit, and more. there were items and rooms for kids but plenty for adults. Very different from 15 years ago. I highly recommend it. it only takes 1-2 hours but explains alot about Illinois and its people.

Visited September 2013
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Springfield, Illinois
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132 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A nice little museum with something for everyone”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

This museum is free and really does have something for all ages. The kids area has activities for all ages, from scientific things to look at under microscopes to digging for fossils and a play jeep to take on a safari. My 3 yr old grandson played for about two hours and wanted to stay longer. There are also animal exhibits etc on the upper floors that held his interest. The museum alone takes around an hour or so depending on how much reading etc that you do at the exhibits.

Visited July 2014
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Peoria, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Illinois State Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

This is a lovely place for people of all ages to learn many new things about Illinois and the natural world! It is always changing its exhibits.

Visited July 2014
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Chatham, Illinois
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Changes Exhibit and Play Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Bring the whole family! Let the grandparent(s) bring the children for a bonding experience.

In "Changes" you'll see nothing like it -- the development of the state of Illinois from the time when the state was close to the equator to the present. It takes up all the area on the first floor.
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There's more exhibits and historical artifacts on the second floor.

On the lower level, visit the three-year old Play Museum designed primarily for children 3 to10 (and parents and grandparents too!). It replaces the 25 year old "A Place for DIscovery" with the latest in the children's learning - play IS educational. Help kids learn by showing them the diffent guide books which is a "show and tell" technique for the kids to learn what they are seeing. There's a lot to see. We stayed for two hours and the kids didn't want to leave.

No admission charge but donations are welcome and used to support children's programming.

Visited July 2014
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