McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington

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The McLean County Museum is an award-winning, local history museum and is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. This is the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" in the world of museums. Less than 3% of museums are accredited nation wide.

The museum is also home to the new Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center. Entrance to both facilities is on the ground floor off the East Washington Street side of the Museum Square, near the Abraham Lincoln bench.

The museum is dedicated to telling the rich story of McLean county through programs which serve people of all ages.

The museum features seven exhibit galleries, 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 it archives.

The museum has won over a dozen state and national competitive awards for its exhibits, educational programs and publications since 1991.

The Visitors Center includes information on local tourist attractions, local sites associated with Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln, and other visitor interests including events, restaurants and shopping. A large Gift Shop is located in the Visitors Center.
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  • This museum is a must. The free visitors center is there and the museum is very much worth the small fee they charged us. We were there three hours...and I think we could have stayed all day! Lots of ...  more »
  • The fact that the McLean County Museum of History was once the old courthouse speaks volumes of its history and legacy. The Lincoln statue on the outside has historic value because, of course, Lincoln...  more »
  • We were very surprised with this Museum. It is in the old courthouse which architecturally is beautiful from the marble stairs to the tiny mosaic tiles on the floors and the beautiful rotunda. We spen...  more »
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  • I grabbed a Uber and went to just have something to do. I'm a truck driver stuck here on a hot day. There is a lot of history in that museum, much of which is national history. I enjoy seeing local stuff, but this turned out to be much more. I was surprised locals I talked to hadn't gone through it. Just $5 for adults, and so much to learn about.
  • A fun and informative stop on a road trip. Definitely worth the detour off the interstate to learn about the local history.
  • This place is a wonderful museum. The exhibits are very interesting and modern. Locals as well as visitors come to the Museum for an excellent time!
  • Awesome stop for route 66 visitors and history buffs.
  • Extremely friendly staff, great exhibits, and a reasonable price.

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