On Tuesdays, admission is FREE for all museum guests.
The Museum has a limited number of wheelchairs and walkers for visitors to borrow. They are available at a first-come, first-served basis. Inquire at the reception desk. The main entrance is ground level and accessible.
Exhibits are typically around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. (20 degrees Celsius). There are places to sit down in most of the exhibit galleries and a bench in the first and third floor rotunda.
The Museum is typically not crowded, however we do get bus tours and field trips multiple times a month. If you or someone in your group is uncomfortable with large or loud crowds of people, please call ahead to see if there will be any large groups scheduled to be on site during your visit.
The Museum is equipped with five Sensory Bags (provided by Autism McLean) that are available for check out at the reception desk. Each bag includes: sound dampening headphones, sunglasses, fidget toys, and visual communication cards. These bags are available to all visitors.
For more information on accessibility accommodations, including sensory friendly evening access, please call us at 309-827-0428.
The Mclean County Museum of History is located at 200 North Main Street in Bloomington, Illinois.
Street parking around the Museum is free but limited to 90 minutes, and this is strictly enforced by the city. If traveling by car, we suggest parking in the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street and Main, one block south of the Museum. Parking is $1 per hour during the day M-F, and free after 6pm and on weekends. Parking is also available in a garage three blocks north of the Museum on the corner of Center and Market. Parking there is free for the first four hours.
Large groups should use our main entrance on Washington Street. Group arriving in buses should unload and load in the bus loading zone, then park at the YMCA overflow lot south of downtown. For a printable PDF map with instructions, please click here.
Many Bloomington-Normal city buses stop at the Downtown station one block south of the Museum square. For more information and a system map, please visit the Connect Transit website.
> Free public wifi throughout the Museum.
> Diaper changing facilities in both the men's and women's restrooms.
> The Museum staff is trained in first aid and there is an AED on site.
> There is no cafeteria in the Museum but pop, snacks, and candy are available for sale in our visitors center (ground floor) and there are water fountains throughout the building.
> There is a coat rack on the second floor, outside the courtroom. It is unsecured and accessible to the public at all times. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Personal photography for private, non-commercial use is permitted in all locations unless otherwise posted. Professional photographers MUST pay a fee. Please call us at 309-827-0428 for more information.