Events & Programs

Looking for something new to do? Check out our upcoming events and programs.

PRIDE Flag Display
Thursday, June 1st – Friday, June 30th

The month of June has long been LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in honor of the Stonewall riots, which took place in New York City in June...

2023 History Makers Gala
Wednesday, June 21st

Join us in celebrating the legacies of our 2023 History Makers (Dotti Bushnell, Mary & Hank Campbell, Willie and Charles Ha...

Futures in History Day Camp Session 1
Monday, June 12th – Friday, June 16th

This out-of-this-world, 5-day camp experience includes facilitation by Museum staff and other experts, all materials needed for...

Spoken Word: An Evening with Shatriya Smith - Poet Laureate of Springfield
Thursday, June 15th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

In recognition of Juneteenth, the Coalescence Theatre Project and the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project, an affiliate or...

Museum at the Market
Saturday, June 17th
9:00am – 12:00pm

Join us at the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market. Stop by the Museum’s plaza on Washington Street to purchase all your local...

Juneteenth Community Celebration
Saturday, June 17th
12:00pm – 6:30pm

Please join us for a day of celebration, information & inspiration during this year'sJuneteenth Celebration - Feat...

Crafting History: Dyeing with Dinner Scraps
Wednesday, June 28th
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Our next Crafting History will be on June 28th at 6pm. Crafting History: Dyeing with Dinner Scraps will bring the process of so...

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Plan Your Visit

With five exhibit galleries, a hands on Discovery Room, and four floors of Museum to explore, there's a lot of history to get caught up on. So let's cover the essentials to help you plan your Museum visit.


Explore the rich history of McLean County in our five permanent exhibits and hands on Discovery Room. Our online exhibits bring McLean County history to you, wherever you are.


The Museum has thousands of online and on-site resources for researching local history topics and genealogy. These are some of our most popular resources.


Our educational programs reach thousands of students, seniors, and community members each year.

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Cruisin' with Lincoln on Route 66 Visitor's Center

Cruisin' with Lincoln on Route 66 Visitor's Center contains a gift shop and local tourism information. We feature locally produced products, Abraham Lincoln souvenirs, and Route 66 souvenirs. When you visit the Museum, you will enter and exit through the Visitors Center!

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