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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...
Join us in celebrating the legacies of our 2023 History Makers (Dotti Bushnell, Mary & Hank Campbell, Willie and Charles Ha...
This out-of-this-world, 5-day camp experience includes facilitation by Museum staff and other experts, all materials needed for...
In recognition of Juneteenth, the Coalescence Theatre Project and the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project, an affiliate or...
Join us at the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market. Stop by the Museum’s plaza on Washington Street to purchase all your local...
Please join us for a day of celebration, information & inspiration during this year'sJuneteenth Celebration - Feat...
Our next Crafting History will be on June 28th at 6pm. Crafting History: Dyeing with Dinner Scraps will bring the process of so...
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.
Our address is 200 N. Main Street, but our entrance is on Washington Street. There are bicycle racks on the Washington Street plaza behind the Lincoln Bench.
All city buses drop off on Front Street, one block south of the Museum. Parking around the Museum is free but you must move every 90 minutes. We recommend parking in the Lincoln Parking Deck on Front St. ($1/hr) for more extended visits. Parking downtown is free after 6pm and on weekends.
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.
This exhibit examines Lincoln's life's work, and explores the lasting connections Lincoln made with the people of this community.
This exciting 5,000-square-foot exhibit in four galleries explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
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.
Overview of the project that has digitized over 100,000 so far, and video tutorials
Detailed inventories of archival collections in the Museum, organized by subject, from the 1820s to the present.
City directories are an invaluable historical resource. Thanks to a partnership with Bloomington Public Library and intern Noah Tang, local directories from 1855-1920 have been digitized, and are available on the Internet Archive.
Our educational programs reach thousands of students, seniors, and community members each year.
The Museum is an award-winning educational institution accredited by the American Alliance of Museums that offers FREE hands-on, educational programming for grades pre-K through college.
Bring Museum educators directly to your facility at no cost to you. Using authentic objects, photographs, and inquiry-based facilitation, we encourage older adults to recall, share, understand, and connect.
Local experts are ready to give presentations on a variety of fascinating topics. Invite them to your club, meeting, or classroom!
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.Join us
We provide rewarding opportunities for active volunteers and flexible positions for occasional volunteers too.Explore opportunities