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McLean County Museum of History

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Address: 200 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
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+1 309-827-0428
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 21:00
Wed - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The McLean County Museum of History traces its roots back to 1892, the year...

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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I went to visit the Lincoln Exhibit and was impressed - more than expected!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 like some do at this museum.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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Thank irisnbloom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. A couple of nice local restaurants across the street.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Fairbury, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

If you live in Chicago and are privy to the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Institute and the Chicago History Museum, you tend to become a bit snobbish and wonder how museums in other cities can compare. Well, they can. For example, the McLean County Museum of HIstory in Bloomington, Illinois, has its... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Excellent small city museum in an old courthouse. Just added a Rt. 66 exhibit. Great local McLean County history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The interior architecture of this incredible building is enough to warrant a stop. However, the diverse array of fascinating exhibits is without equal.

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Thank AdventurerJim
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

museum has added some new exhibits which give history of Bloomington. Also have a route 66 museum in the basement. makes for great stop to learn about both

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I visited the museum in 2015 and really enjoyed all of the exhibits especially the various recipe collections and the Route 66 memorabilia.

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