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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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Reviews
This is an absolute must to anyone within the area. A really good, interpretative museum and film at the visitors center. Paper tour guides available for purchase or rent a cassette (that's right a ca... more »
This was awesome, a must see. Mounds and also an interesting interpretive museum and all of it has no fees for entry . A nice movie to see first before you tour. A great gift shop. So much history and... more »
We visited the Cahokia Mounds on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. We spent several hours in the Interpretive Center where the docents were all very knowledgeable and anxious t... more »
A UNESCO site in Illinois? Who knew?! If you enjoy learning about the history of North America *before* the Europeans & British got here, this is a fascinating place & great museum. Come here after Labor Day - less crowds. Bring sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes, & prepare to walk a lot. This place is fascinating. If it were in Chicago, EVERYONE would come here! But it's across the Mississippi from St. Louis, so it's not as well known. Maybe that's good, though; a Chicago volume of visitors would probably ruin it unless it got a TON more funding & protection from our lousy state government & governor, who only want to line their pockets & those of their cronies & corporate campaign contributors. There's a reason so many Illinois governors & politicians have been jailed! Look it up!
A beautiful spot of fields, woods, trails, and most importantly - history. There's more mounds to count here and a walk on top of the large pyramidal Monk's Mound provides beautiful views of St. Louis and the Mississippi River. Amazing to see the obvious Mayan influence on this 1,000 year old Native American site. The interpretative center is worth a long visit as well - but if you don't have time enjoy the ample hiking trails around the park.
What an interesting, "undiscovered" treasure for Illinois and United States' history! My sister and I made sure to add a day to our eclipse viewing trip so we could visit this fascinating archeological site.The museum was so interesting, and we had a great tour guide - Justin - who took us around the grounds and explained much of the history of the peoples of Southern Illinois who inhabited the area and built the many mounds. Interesting to see also the native plants used for food, medicine, and daily life. There is a self-guided tour that takes you to other areas not covered in the guided tour, but we passed as it was extremely hot and humid, and we wanted to make sure we climbed the highest earthen architectural construction in the Americas - Monks Mound. Worth the climb - you can drive to it as well as walk. So many of the mounds still have not been excavated (funds, funds, funds needed), so there is much more to some day discover. Definitely worth the visit. Thanks to the great staff for a wonderful day!
Super overlooked activity for the family. Totally free and cool. My four year old daughter climbed Monk's Mound and had a blast. If you are in the are, do yourself a favor and go here... Take a step back into history and imagine it as the civilization that was here. Really cool. Oh, it's a World Heritage site. Great bucket list location that is really accessable for mid-US folks.
The museum and documentary "CITY OF THE SUN" was amazing and educational. If you're interested in seeing the mounds be sure to check the wether. We were on the mound in 95°f and beating down sun. We couldn't stay very long dew too the heat. If you are visiting the Saint Louis area Cahokia Mounds is worthy of your time.
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