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“Worthwhile Visit”

McLean County Museum of History
Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was in town and visited the museum as it sounded interesting. Quite a bit to see among the three floors of exhibits but for me the highlight was the beautiful courtroom. They also have a pedal car exhibit (temporary?) that is sure to inspire some nostalgic memories for those who grew up in the era of the pedal car.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful well curated exhibits centered around the people who have lived and worked in McClean County, including the Abe Lincoln story as well as farmer's and business folk. Insightful compassionate, well researched professionally presented. Building architecture is worth the price of admission. We had the good fortune to meet the curator Susan Hartzold and we're impressed by her passion and approachablility. Loved this local history experience!

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

This is a very nice smallish museum in the old courthouse. It's very reasonable ($5 per person, less for over 65), and has lots of interesting history and artifacts. Everyone there is very nice and helpful, and many stopped to chat and obviously loved and took great pride in both the museum and the courthouse. It would take approximately 2 hours to see it all, which could pose a problem, since much of the parking around the courthouse seemed to be for only 90 minutes.

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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Very well done and the building is one of a kind. Parking is easy. We enjoyed the local and state history.

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Beth W, General Manager at McLean County Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2018

The building is indeed worth the trip alone, and we're happy to hear you enjoyed the exhibits so much. We're rather proud of our team of Museum professionals and the excellent work they do as a small nonprofit. Thank you for sharing! Come back soon.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

I took my 8 year old daughter and her friend on a Saturday. They were the only kids in the museum at the time. The girls had a blast dressing up, pretending they were part of a family of pioneers. We also went through some of the exhibits. There were a few interactive features that captured their attention in the farming exhibit and in exhibit on the people in the area. Their only disappointment was not being able to check out the jail cell as that exhibit is closed til Spring.

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Beth W, Manager at McLean County Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

We are happy you enjoyed the visit. Please come back in March when we open our new Pedal Power! exhibit featuring toy pedal cars. The exhibit that is currently closed will open in September of this year and it will be worth the wait! And don't worry, the jail cell will remain a part of the visitor experience.

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