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The McLean County Museum of History is an essential thread in the cultural and educational fabric of Central Illinois. Housed in the magnificent Old McLean County Courthouse, our programs and exhibits tell the rich stories of past generations along with those of new and growing communities. Exhibits encourage visitors to reflect on the challenges, choices and change that made McLean County the diverse and successful community it is today.

Your membership is an act of philanthropy that will help:

  • Remove financial barriers to learning and cultural opportunities
  • Provide educational programs for more than 8,200 local children and senior citizens each year
  • Increase online access to our Collections and Library/Archives
  • Support FREE Tuesdays at the Museum
  • Offer public events such as Christmas at the Courthouse and the Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Each Museum membership provides direct benefits and special access:

  • Free admission to the Museum and Library/Archives for you and your family
  • Quarterly On the Square newsletter
  • Access to exhibit openings and special events
  • Member price tickets to all Museum events
  • 10% discount of Museum gift shop purchases
  • Free or discounted admission on more than 300 historic sites and museum across the U.S. through the Time Travelers reciprocal membership program
  • Membership donations are 100% tax deductible

Membership Levels and Benefits

Primary Davis Fifer-Bohrer Stevenson Lincoln McLean Membership Benefits

Free Museum Admission

10% discount at Museum Gift Shop

Discounts at select local businesses

Free or Discounted admission to over 385 Museums and Historic Sites

Member price tickets to Museum events

Access to a Member-Appreciation Open House

Quarterly On the Square newsletter

10% discount on new gift memberships

Help fund a Senior Reminiscence program in the community

Invitation to an exclusive Member Event

Help fund a hands-on education loan kit to a local classroom

Invitation to Premium Member Events

Fund a full week of services in the Stevenson-Ives Library

Additional guest tickets to all Member Events

Provides a Primary Membership to one local family in need

Provides a Primary Membership to two local families in need

Provides a Primary Membership to five local families in need

Fund a day of Museum operations, exhibits, and education programs

Recognition as “Sponsor of the Day” at the Museum and online

Local Business Discounts

The Rock Restaurant
The Rock Restaurant — Uptown

10% off purchase

Beyond Normal
Beyond Normal — Uptown

20% off one regular-priced item

Medici — Uptown

10% off food purchase (please notify server before ordering)

OHMFit Activewear
OHMFit Activewear — Uptown

$10 off a $25 purchase

Uptown Gifts Boutique
Uptown Gifts Boutique — Uptown

$5 off a $25 purchase

Butter Twice and Again
Butter Twice and Again — Uptown

10% off a purchase (exclusions apply)

The Garlic Press
The Garlic Press — Uptown

Rotating special (ask the cashier)

Whimsy Fancy Goods
Whimsy Fancy Goods — Uptown
Windy City Wieners
Windy City Wieners — Uptown and Downtown

10% off a purchase

Common Ground Grocery
Common Ground Grocery — Downtown
Meltdown Creative Works
Meltdown Creative Works — Downtown

10% discount to any museum member on any service or retail apparel

Scouts — Downtown
Red Raccoon Games
Red Raccoon Games — Downtown
Cracked Up Pottery
Cracked Up Pottery — Downtown

$5 off a pottery experience

Von Champs Boutique
Von Champs Boutique — Downtown
Crossroads Handcrafts
Crossroads Handcrafts — Downtown

$5 off a $25 purchase

Vera & Buck
Vera & Buck — Downtown

10% purchases