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McLean County Museum of History

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Address: 200 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone Number: +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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Cruisin' with Lincoln and a lot more

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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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Greenville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

From the close-by affordable downtown parking garage to the 'Looking for Lincoln' spots on the short walk over, as an in-state visitor to Bloomington, we were already impressed by the city itself and ultimately the large classic historical courthouse housing the McLean County Museum. For exercise sake we bypassed the elevator for the TONS of marble stairs in the stunning... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Well, I was bowled over by the upgrades to this museum since I last visited, some time ago. The downstairs welcoming area impressed me the most for resources, knowledgeable staffers (on a Saturday) and big, beautiful display boards and (they said), videos and plenty of Route 66 history and information! A journalist for a national magazine had been there an... More 

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Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed it! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This museum had been recently updated with great interactive exhibits. "Making a Home" illustrates all the different cultures that merged into the development of McLean County. It's a great exhibit for all ages and interests. The Lincoln exihibit room is also very well done.

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

The "old courthouse" provides an amazing setting for one of our local treasures. The place is undervisited given the community's consistent investment into innovative, interactive, and downright interesting exhibits and activities.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Wonderful building, highly qualified and helpful staff. Interesting exhibits. Nice gift shop with emphasis on Route 66.

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