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.

Back 2 School Supply Drive
Friday, July 5th – Saturday, August 3rd

Now through August 3, the Museum will be participating in the Back 2 School Alliance School Supply Drive to help collect school...

Museum Closed for Staff Development Day
Wednesday, July 31st

The Museum and its Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center & Gift Shop closes for a day once every quarter to hold...

Knit In at Illinois Art Station
Saturday, August 3rd
10:00am – 1:00pm

Calling ALL Knitters and Crocheters, grab your needles and hooks, some yarn, a friend or two, and come and knit for a bit!...

Saturday, August 3rd
4:00pm – 10:00pm

The Bistro's sixth annual PRIDE Fest will be on Saturday, August 3, 2024, from 4-10 p.m. around the Museu...

History Reads Book Club: Cahokia- Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi
Tuesday, August 6th
7:00pm – 8:00pm

All are welcome to join the Museum and Bloomington Public Library on Tuesday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. for the third installment o...

Online + In Person
McLean County Ag History Bus Tour
Thursday, August 8th
8:00am – 12:30pm

The Museum, in partnership with the McLean County Farm Bureau, is excited to offer an Ag-mazing Bus Tour narrated by Librarian ...

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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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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