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.

Lunch and Learn: "The Greening of the Prairie", Irish Immigration into the upper Midwest with Greg Koos
Thursday, March 14th
12:10pm – 1:00pm

Bring your lunch and join us to learn more about the history of Irish immigration in the Midwest from the Museum's Executi...

50 Years of Women's Rights: an Interactive and Intergenerational Exploration
Saturday, March 23rd
2:00pm – 4:00pm

The Museum and League of Women Voters of McLean County are excited to welcome folks of all ages to join us on Saturday,...

Museum Closed for Staff Development Day
Wednesday, April 3rd

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

Lunch and Learn: Creating a Sensory Garden with U of I Extension Brittnay Haag
Thursday, April 11th
12:10pm – 1:00pm

Creating a Sensory GardenSurrounding yourself with plants in a garden can be a wonderful sensory experience. From sight,...

Knit In at Bloomington Public Library
Saturday, May 11th
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!...

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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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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