Illinois State Museum, Springfield

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The Illinois State Museum features engaging natural history, history, art, and anthropology exhibitions. The Play Museum, a children's exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00-4:30 pm.
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  • Not a lot to say, feels like a small town museum without much funding. $5 entry fee is about right for a small museum without a lot of exhibits.  more »
  • There is an entrance fee for people ( like $5), but children were free and over 65 are free. It is great for kids. Get a free parking pass from the Springfield Visitors Center so you won't need to pay...  more »
  • What a wonderful museum experience. We spent a half day touring the museum and learned so much we never knew about our 14th president. He was a great man and did so much for our country but was not ap...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed the Bat Exhibits today. Please try to give other informative displays to increase public knowledge of the many needs we sometimes overlook in conservation.
  • The Illinois Bat Festival was a wonderful program. The museum has art and natural history exhibits. A great place for families.
  • Pedestrian museum. Some decent exhibitions but mostly routine stuff. Exhibit on the native Ilinoisians was worthwhile.
  • Stopped by on a whim. $5 fee for adults as of june 2017. More natural history: fossils, rock, coal. Temp exhibit of pinball machines was interesting.
  • My 3 year old son loved this! We originally came to the Museum to see the bones of the animals that lived during the ice age like the Mammoth and Giant Sloth. My son enjoyed seeing all the focsils and stuffed animals! Will definitely go again!

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In Springfield, you have two primary options: downtown and the commercial district in the southeast part of town near the highway. Downtown offers a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, plus a few locally owned hotels in a neighborhood of historical buildings that contains numerous Lincoln-related sites. The national chain hotels to the southeast near the highway cater to travelers; they offer clean and comfortable rooms at competitive prices.
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