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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 copper maskettes used in religious ceremonies. Put Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Collinsville vacation generator.
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Reviews
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  • My husband and I visited this area in mid-October. As other reviewers have stated, the museum is one of the very best we have visited. The information revealed so much of the culture as unearthed thro...  more »
  • Very nice to enjoy the outdoors and still get a work out in. This is a really nice place to educate kids also. 
  • Living in close proximity to Monks Mounds as we all call Cahokia Mounds. Have gone there with our children and our grandchildren to allow them to see the civilization that populated this area hundreds...  more »
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  • This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and very worthy of the designation. The collection of artifacts on display from the largest Mississippian city is amazing, and the staff and volunteers were very helpful. The hikes through the grounds are fairly easy and provide a great view of the very large mounds that comprise the site. If you are passing through southern Illinois near St. Louis, it is very much worth your time. The only thing I would add is a Junior Ranger program, like many National and State Parks have to engage kids.
  • An incredible place with fantastic trails, views and history. The museum"s quality is equal to anything you'd expect out of a major city museum. The staff are so great that some of them are like family.
  • Great cultural site. Note that the visitor's center isn't open Monday or Tuesday, but you can still walk around the grounds and climb Monk's Mound. When the visitor's center is open it has artifacts, audio, and video to enjoy as well as a gift shop. Also attached to the main area with the mounds is a longer nature trail that goes through prairie and woods. Good place to see deer, birds, and pheasants.
  • A lot of history to be learned there, I went with my fiance Alex and we had a great time. Very life like gallery. I enjoyed going.
  • Love this place. Outstanding museum. I always visit when I am in the area.