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McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington

(4.6/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 Bloomingto...  more »
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  • This is a must-go-see place in Bloomington. Lots of history - a great staff and cool things to take home with you. Their Route 66 display is really neat. Check it out.
  • A must to learn about the area and its only $5 they do have elevator for all 3 floors
  • Wonderful place to visit and gorgeous building!
  • While the Museum regularly has informative and engaging exhibits, my favorite part of the whole building is the library. I have spent hours there looking through books or using the Microfilm Viewers to look at films I'd ordered from FamilySearch. I joined the museum earlier this year and plan to be a continuous member.