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McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 40+ 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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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • 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) an...  read more »
  • 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 fo...  read more »
  • 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
  • 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.
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