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McLean County Museum of History

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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As a kid I wasn't particularly interested in history but as an adult I found the museum to be very... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2018
Valerie S
Bloomingdale, Illinois
Great architecture

Look at the worn edges of the marble stairs and imagine how many feet have passed over them. Then... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
Brooksville, Florida
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The McLean County Museum of History traces its roots back to 1892, the year the McLean County Historical Society was founded. It is a nationally accredited award winning museum with five permanent exhibit galleries and two rotating galleries. The...more
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200 N Main St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61701-3912
+1 309-827-0428
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

As a kid I wasn't particularly interested in history but as an adult I found the museum to be very interesting. The court room was fun took lots of pictures and loved seeing all the clothes and different items relating to the different time periods....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

Look at the worn edges of the marble stairs and imagine how many feet have passed over them. Then look up at the interior of the dome and at the intricate woodwork. Material on display covers jobs and products common to the areas past. I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

This Museum always has something on tap to interest its visitors and members. The exhibits are great, well researched, and interesting.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

We have visited many local history museums throughout the country. The building itself is worth seeing but the displays are lacking.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

I live in Bloomington but every year I make a point of visiting the mansion on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The staff pay special attention to the connection between Lincoln & Judge David Davis. After the tour you are invited to enjoy a piece of Mr....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Just a very interesting museum. Route 66 theme, along with a lot on Abe Lincoln, along with a peddle bike exhibit. Very friendly staff. Just interesting to learn about an area where we’re traveling.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 15 August 2018

Our visit to the museum on North Main Street, Bloomington, was most enjoyable and interesting – certainly beyond our expectations. Very friendly, informative and courteous “front-of-house” staff made us most welcome. Four of the seven galleries (the four permanent galleries) – Making a Home, Politics,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank sinclaired
Reviewed 8 August 2018

The McLean County Museum of History is an excellent stop in downtown Bloomington. The courthouse itself was built in 1903 and shows excellent architecture and detail both inside and out. The Museum has a great gift shop and hosts the McLean County Route 66 Visitor...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 4 July 2018

Great stop after a stop at a local college. It has so many levels and such a wide variety of information in one historic building. The staff was amazingly friendly. The war, the big fire, agricultural history and more information about Lincoln. Every corner of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank N4101GAlindab
Reviewed 24 April 2018

The McLean County Museum of History is a wonderful museum. It will s located in the historic old courthouse which is so beautiful. The exhibits are located in the old courtrooms. Each courtroom focuses on a different aspect of McLean county’s history and eac room...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank juniebjones
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28 August 2016|
Response from Adrianne D | Reviewed this property |
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall is on display Thursday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug 28 at 2pm. It's located at Bloomington’s Evergreen Cemetery, 302 E. Miller St.