Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville

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At Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, learn all about the city of Native Americans that developed and disappeared hundreds of years before Colonists arrived in America. When Cahokia reached its population peak in the 13th century, it had more inhabitants than London. The city disappeared by 1400 BCE, though, and the large mounds--the biggest of which stands 30 m (100 ft) high, 290 m (951 ft) long, and 255 m (836 ft) wide and covers 5.6 hectares (13.8 acres)--are all that remain at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Before touring the site, head into the museum and interpretive center to learn about the city's history and its culture and to see artifacts, such as stone, bone and shell artifacts used both in religious ceremonies and daily life. Make Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site a part of your Collinsville vacation plans using our Collinsville route planning site.
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  • I live less than 10 miles from Cahokia Mounds, but I can’t get enough of this historic site. Not just the incredible climb up the tallest monks mound, but the museum is an absolute treasure...  more »
  • The introductory film was very informative and provided a tour of the grounds. Too cold the day we went to walk up the main mound. Spent a pleasant afternoon perusing all the displays in the museum.  more »
  • We came here one afternoon, almost as an afterthought, having spent the morning at the nearby Lewis & Clark site, and were blown away by our experience here. A lot of thought has gone into this...  more »
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  • Absolutely a highlight of my cross country drive. I was so glad we decided to stop. The interpretive center has so much to offer about the history of the mounds. Both young and old can find things of interest here. They also have nicely paved trails around the site. The main and largest mound has steps up to the top. It is a bit of a hike to the top. I wouldn't recommend it for smaller children. I would also suggest a hat and water. The sun can be quite intense during the middle of the day. Overall we had a wonderful experience here. There is no required admission, but donations are suggested.
  • Fantastic interpretive center and museum. The exhibits are great, and the kids will really enjoy it! The exhibits have drawers at the bottom with additional artifacts inside, so don't miss those! Really worthwhile.
  • I really enjoyed the mounds. Monk mound has 154 steps to the top. Maybe take water. The free movie at the visitors center is really well done. The diorama is spectacular the details are impressive.
  • We drove out from St. Louis to check out the Cahokia mounds, really enjoyed the site! The mounds are impressive the museum is really nice, a little dated but very cool. Really enjoyed the walking tour!
  • Beautiful interpretive center, inside & out. You can walk to the top of Monk's Mound, but it is a jaunt, so be prepared on those hot days with plenty of water as there is little share in the prairie. Lots of trails for the smaller mounds. It has a small eatery & gift shop. Go on an event day they always have plenty activities to keep the little ones busy, but if not, make sure you catch the free movie.
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