Just a short walking distance of the Capital Visitor's Center and the State Capitol is the Illinois State Museum. My family and I have visited the museum before, but are always eager to go again to see what is new. It is a great place for both adults and kids. There are plenty of exhibits that encourage everyone to touch and explore.
The exhibits show Illinois over the past 500 million years.
The area my daughter really enjoyed and did not want to leave was the Many Ann MacLean Play Museum. This area is set up for kids ages 3-10. Your kids can load a jeep for an expedition, crawl through a cave, excavate a Mastodon skeleton and frame works of art. This area is only about a year old and seemed very popular with the other families that were there during our visit.
If you read my site a lot then I am sure you have always seen me post about the Free Super Saturday events held once a month at the museum. Each month there is a new theme and families are encouraged to participate.
The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM-5 PM and Sunday from Noon-5 PM. The Play Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM.
For information on this and other attractions in the Springfield area you can visit the Visitors Bureau and request a free copy of the 2012 guide as well as learn about the History Comes Alive program which begins in early June.
Thank you to the Springfield Visitors Center for working with us on these features, opinions are honest. Personal photos used in this review belong to My Springfield Mommy and may not be used without written permission from My Springfield Mommy.
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