We occupy the entire Old Courthouse in the heart of Downtown Bloomington. Our address is 200 N Main St, Bloomington Illinois, 61701. We are surrounded by 4 streets- Washington, Main, Jefferson, and Center.
Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Tue. 9 a.m. — 9 p.m.
See the parking section visitors information page for more information. Metered parking around the building is 90 minutes, and strictly enforced. There are parking garages downtown that charge a small fee.
See the exhibits page for more information. We have 4 permanent galleries that explore People, Farming, Work, and Politics in McLean County. We also have 2 galleries that change every couple years.
The building, opened in 1903, is the fourth courthouse to exist on this square. It was built after the Bloomington fire in 1900 destroyed the third courthouse. It was an operating courthouse until 1976, when the Law and Justice Center was built on Front Street. The museum moved into the building in 1991. Read more about our history.
Yes. The courtroom, located on the second floor, and the classroom, located on the third floor, can be rented out for events. Please contact Jeff Woodard by email or phone at (309) 827-0428 for more information.
Yes. Please contact Jeff Woodard by email or phone at (309) 827-0428 for more information.
We have various membership levels for all income types. See our membership page for more information!
Yes! As a MCHS member you get free or discounted admission to 200+ historic sites and museums (including the Chicago History Museum, Frank Loyd Wright House, and Peoria Riverfront Museum)
Yes, via RSA CAT.
Yes, from 1855 to present.
Absolutely! Please call the curator at (309) 827-0428 to make an appointment before you bring an object for donation, and be prepared to answer lots of questions about the object’s owner and its history. Our collections are fantastic because of the generous donations people make!
See the objects page for more information.
No, we do not. But we'd be happy to find you an appraiser. Contact the Curator.
Free! Donations are gladly accepted.
At least two (2) weeks. Contact the Education Department to schedule a program.
There's a big variety! Some people volunteer regularly at reception, the library desk, or the gift shop. Some volunteers lend their expertise by helping with education outreach, archiving, or another special project. There are also volunteers with limited time who join us just for Cemetery Walk or Christmas at the Courthouse. If you're interested, email our Director of Volunteers and Interns.
The Museum’s internships (whether for credit or not for credit) require 175 hours over the course of a semester.