Permanent Exhibits and Displays

Challenges, Choices, and Change

This exciting 5,000-square-foot exhibit in four galleries explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.

Abraham Lincoln in McLean County

This exhibit examines Lincoln's life's work, and explores the lasting connections Lincoln made with the people of this community.

Merwin Gallery

The Merwin Gallery features almost 300 objects from the Museum's 18,000+ object collection. In this display space, objects from the collection will be moved in and out of the gallery regularly so visitors can return again and again, always to see something new.

Discovery Room

Visitors to the Museum are encouraged to experience what life may have been like for McLean County's early settlers in the Harriet Fuller Rust Discovery Room.

Courthouse Exhibit

This exhibit explores the architecture, materials, and construction techniques of McLean County's longest standing courthouse—the building that now houses the McLean County Museum of History.

Online Exhibits & Interactive Content

Digital Exhibits

Read the rich histories featured in our Challenges, Choices, and Change as well as Abraham Lincoln in McLean County exhibits from anywhere!

Virtual Visit

360 degree walk through of Challenges, Choices, and Change exhibits as well as Abraham Lincoln in McLean County.

Google Cultural Institute

See high resolution digital photographs of the paintings from our collection at the Google Cultural Institute

Adlai Today

Adlai Today examines the references made to Adlai Stevenson II in current issues in news stories. Explore this website to find out more about this inspirational political figure who called Bloomington home.


Discover local historic images pinned to a map, some overlaid into Google Street View!

QR Code Smart Phone Tour of Downtown Bloomington

Learn about downtown Bloomington's rich history through its buildings. Look for the QR codes that have been placed in the windows of historically significant buildings around downtown.