Tuesday, February 7, 2023 7:00 PM
All avid readers are welcome to join the Museum and Bloomington Public Library on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. for the first...
Thursday, February 9, 2023 12:10 PM
Join the McLean County Museum of History for the sixth Lunch & Learn of the 2022-2023 season with Jamie Mathy and Kevin McCarthy on...
Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:00 PM
Join the McLean County Museum of History and Bloomington bread author Jack Keefe for a brief presentation, Q&A, and book signing for his...
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 3:00 PM
Join the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office as they host a regional workshop in Downtown Bloomington! This workshop is...
With five exhibit galleries, a hands on Discovery Room, and four floors of Museum to explore, there's a lot of history to get caught up on. So let's cover the essentials to help you plan your Museum visit.
Admission is FREE on Tuesdays, and just $5 every other day of the week ($4 for seniors!).
Museum members, students, and SNAP recipients enjoy FREE admission every day we're open. Active-duty military personnel and families are free May 15-Sept 6!
Our address is 200 N. Main Street, but our entrance is on Washington Street.
There are bicycle racks on the Washington Street plaza behind the Lincoln Bench. All city busses drop off on Front Street, one block south of the Museum. Parking around the Museum is free but you must move every 90 minutes.
Explore the rich history of McLean County in our five permanent exhibits and hands on Discovery Room. Our online exhibits bring McLean County history to you, wherever you are.
This exhibit examines Lincoln's work as an attorney in McLean County, defines his pivotal role in the anti-slavery movement, explores the lasting connections Lincoln made with the people of this community.
This exciting new 5,000-square-foot exhibit in four galleries explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
The Museum has thousands of online and on-site resources for researching local history topics and genealogy. These are some of our most popular resources.
Access over 100,000 digitized images from the Pantagraph newspaper in the Illinois Digital Archives database.
Detailed inventories of archival collections in the Museum, organized by subject, from the 1820s to the present.
Search through some of our local city directories that have been digitized!
Our educational programs reach thousands of students, seniors, and community members each year.
The Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County's history to life. Costumed actors portray people representing all walks of life from the county's past on the grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
Many of our education programs and historical lectures have been recorded and are available to view on YouTube. Check them out today!
Are you looking for an interactive learning experience for your students? The Museum is an award-winning educational institution that offers FREE hands-on programming for grades pre-K through college.
Local experts are ready to give presentations on a variety of fascinating topics. Invite them to your club, meeting, or classroom!
Want free admission to the Museum every day of the year? Or invitations to special member-only events? Becoming a member is a meaningful contribution to the Museum's mission of preserving local history. Plus, enjoy reciprocal benefits at over 400 museums & historic sites in the U.S. through the Time Travelers Program.Join us