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Illinois State Museum

502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000
+1 217-782-7386
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No longer - Free

Sign outside says free, however it is now - $5 for Adults, Children are still free. Outdated and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tinley Park, Illinois
Next to capitol

We had some extra time so we headed to the museum. Fun local and natural history exhibits... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Houston, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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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 4 days ago

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 Outdated and not worth the time since it is no longer free.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 4 weeks ago 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
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
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.

Thank R98TCbrianf
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...More

Thank omahonn
Reviewed 28 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...More

1  Thank ReneeBro
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...More

1  Thank bcerda1
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...More

Thank Angie 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.