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Just because we can't visit the McLean County Museum of History right now, doesn't mean that we can't bring the Museum to you!

And with MUSE 2U, we can do just that!

A couple times per week, the Museum will share out Museum-inspired activities that you can do wherever you are. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to see our MUSE 2U posts, or find information on all of our past posts right here! If you have questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Museum Educators at education@mchistory.org

We can't wait for the day we can hang out at the Museum. But until then, we are in this together!

For a complete guide to other online Museum resources, click here!

Post #1: Thaumatrope

Click here to download instructions to make your very own Thaumatrope!

Post #2: Eighth Circuit Challenge

Click here to download your own copy of the Museum’s Eighth Circuit Challenge game. And don’t forget your trusty steed!

Post #3 Butter Making

When life gives you cream, turn it into butter! Click here for instructions, or here to watch a short video!

Post #4 Pop-Up Museum

Bringing the MUSE 2U, literally this time! Click here for ways to curate your own pop-up museum!

Post #5 History Box

Help us preserve the history of McLean County by making your own History Box! Click here for a short video!

Post #6 Snack Analysis

Even snacks are artifacts of their time. Click here to learn how to analyze your snack like a curator would an artifact. Or here to watch a video.

Post #7 TP Tube Car

What better way to commemorate #quarantinelife than immortalizing our most precious toilet paper tubes as cars so cool they’d be right at home on old Route 66?! For how-to instructions click here. Click here to see how it's done!

Post #8 Peel Out

Let’s remember that food is fuel! And this time ‘round, our food is fueling delicious and nutritious fun inspired by the Museum’s own Pedal Power! exhibit! Click here for instructions. Click here to see how it's done!

Post #9 DIY Comic Book

There's nothing funny about creating comic books! Find out how to make your very own here!

Post #10 A. Lincoln Letter

When's the last time you wrote a letter and mailed in an envelope with a stamp? Take the time today!

Post #11 Make It Count

The U.S. Census only comes 'round every 10 years, so make it count! Click here for some census-themed fun!

Post #12 Seed Planting

Let’s channel our inner farmers and grow some plants that we can eat! Watch a video how-to, or click here for more info!

Post #13 Mask About Town

Safety first! Anyone can help keep their community safe with a no-sew mask. Click here for instructions!

Post #14 Box Building

May is Preservation Month! To help celebrate, we are acting like eco-friendly architects. Click here for instructions, and here for a video how-to!

Post #15 #ThisPlaceMatters

#ThisPlaceMatters and so do U! Click here for more ways to celebrate Preservation Month and show off the places that matter most to you!

Post #16 Architecture Hunt

Every day is a beautiful day to appreciate the architecture in your own neighborhood. Click here for a list of features to look out for!

Post #17 Moon Sand

Don your nearest space suit and shoot for the moon with these pantry-friendly recipes for homemade moon sand

Post #18 DIY Rocket

Celebrate National Bike Month with a bike pump-powered DIY rocket ship

Post #19 Dtown Btown Tour

Take a short and sweet virtual stroll around Downtown Bloomington for Preservation Month!

Post #20 Lotería Museo

If you thought BINGO was the name-o, you'll love Lotería Museo! Play today!

Post #23 Poster Making

Consider a conflict that you want to help solve or a cause you want to defend. Will your poster change the course of history? 

Post #24 What's in a Flag?

For more than 5,000 years flags have been flown to represent countries, organizations, and families. What flag will you be proud to fly?

Post #25 How 2 Parade

People love a parade. Click here to get inspired about why and how 2 throw your own!

Post #26 Juneteenth

What does freedom mean 2U? Celebrate Juneteenth, Freedom Day, with these great books!