We will be closed Monday, December 6 and Monday, December 13 from 2-5pm.

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200 North Main St | Bloomington, Illinois | 309-827-0428
McLean County Museum of History

Admission

  • Tuesdays are our free days, no admission is charged! 
  • Families who receive SNAP benefits get free admission for 4 people. Just show your EBT card at our reception desk! Learn more at Museums for All. 
  • Students are always free.
  • We are free Saturday mornings during the Farmers' Market
  • Active-duty military personnel and families are FREE May 15-September 6. Learn more at  Blue Star Museums.
  • Adults
  • $5.00
    • Seniors
    • $4.00
    • 65+ years of age.

    • Students
    • FREE
    • Children and students are always free!

      Families receiving SNAP benefits are also free! 

      Active-duty military personnel and families are free May 15-Sept 6!

    Hours

    • Monday and Wednesday
    • 9am-5pm
    • Tuesday
    • 9am-8pm
    • Thursday-Saturday
    • 9am-5pm

    Safety Protocols

    Note: Museum staff reserve the right to update these plans based on a shift in health guidelines and/or based on experience.

    • If you are exhibiting any symptoms or have a temperature over 100.4 degrees, please do not visit the Museum.
    • Masks are required for all individuals over the age of 2 while inside.
    • Physical distancing of at least six feet is encouraged inside the building when possible.
    • During your visit, feel free to use the hand sanitizing stations. Restrooms are on the ground floor in the Visitors Center if you need to wash your hands.
    • Water fountains are not in use at this time. You may bring a bottle of water with you.
    • Each visitor will be offered a stylus to engage with digital interactives during their visit. They can also be used to press elevator buttons. Please return them before exiting the Museum so we can sanitize them for future guests.

    Accessibility

    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 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.

    To prepare for your visit, click here to view the Museum's social narrative.

    For more information on accessibility accommodations, including sensory friendly evening access, please call us at 309-827-0428.

    Location

    The McLean County Museum of History's address is 200 North Main Street, Bloomington, Illinois, however our entrance is on Washington Street, on the south side of the building.

    Parking

    Weekday parking: Street parking around the Museum is free but limited to 90 minutes, and this is strictly enforced by the city. You may move your car to a different block to reset the 90 minute limit. The Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street and Main is one block south of the Museum near the intersection of Main and Front. Parking is $1 per hour during the day M-F. There is free 2-hour parking three blocks southeast of the Museum in a lot at the corners of Washington and East Streets. Parking is also available in a garage three blocks north of the Museum on the corner of Center and Market. Parking on the first floor of that garage is free for the first four hours. 

    Evening and weekend parking: All public parking in Downtown Bloomington is free and unlimited after 6 pm on weekdays, and all day Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

    Large Groups

    All groups should call the Museum to make reservations. No more than 20 visitors are allowed in the Museum at this time. 

    Groups arriving by bus should unload and load in the bus loading zone located outside the Museum entrance on Washington Street. Buses can park in the Douglas Lot, located north-east of the Museum for the duration of the group’s visit.

    Click here for parking instructions for buses

    Public Transit

    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.

    Amenities

    • 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.

    Photography

    • Personal photography for private, non-commercial use is permitted in all locations unless otherwise posted. To take pictures inside the museum, regular admission must be paid on days the Museum charges admission. 
    • Professional photographers MUST pay a fee.

    Please call us at 309-827-0428 for more information.




    Nursing 

    Visitors are welcome to nurse or bottle feed their baby anywhere they are comfortable.

    If you would like a more private space, please reach out to a staff member and we will do our best to accommodate you. We currently do not have a room dedicated to nursing, but hope to in the future.