Events & Programs

Looking for something new to do? Check out our upcoming events and programs. Tune into a livestream, or watch a recording of a past program on our YouTube channel.

2024 History Makers Gala
Tuesday, June 18th
5:30pm – 8:00pm

Each year, the History Makers Gala recognizes long-standing residents whose outstanding, life-long contributions of time and ta...

Closing Early at 3 PM for the History Makers Gala
Tuesday, June 18th
3:00pm – 8:00pm

The Museum and its Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center & Gift Shop will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2...

Free Admission in Honor of Juneteenth
Wednesday, June 19th
9:00am – 5:00pm

In honor of Juneteenth, the McLean County Museum of History will offer free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June ...

Narrative Threads: Community Quilting with Illinois Art Station and Community Partners
Saturday, June 22nd
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Five years ago, in May 2019, Illinois Art Station embarked on a community quilt project to celebrate and commemorate the thread...

Bloomington-Normal Juneteenth Celebration at Miller Park
Saturday, June 22nd
11:00am – 4:00pm

Join the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project and the City of Bloomington for a fun-filled day as we celebrate the Juneteen...

Funks Grove 200th Celebration at Funk Prairie Home Museum
Saturday, June 22nd
11:00am – 4:00pm

Join the Funk Prairie Home and Gem and Mineral Museum as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the settling of Funks Grove in...

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, hands on Discovery Room, and numerous displays. 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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Want free admission to the Museum every day of the year? Or invitations to special member-only events? Becoming a member is a meaningful contribution to the Museum's mission of preserving local history. Plus, enjoy reciprocal benefits at over 400 museums & historic sites in the U.S. through the Time Travelers Program.

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Become a Volunteer

We provide rewarding opportunities for active volunteers and flexible positions for occasional volunteers too.

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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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