The McLean County Museum of History is an essential thread in the cultural and educational fabric of Central Illinois.

Housed in the magnificent Old McLean County Courthouse, our programs and exhibits tell the rich stories of past generations along with those of new and growing communities.

Whatever inspires you to join, please know that your 100% tax-deductible membership is truly an act of philanthropy that supports local history, preservation, and education for the entire community.

What does becoming a member do for the Museum?

All membership levels help us to preserve and share local history.

Removes financial barriers to learning and cultural opportunities

Provides annual educational programs for more than 9,000 local children and senior citizens 

Increases online access to our Library/Archives and Collections

Supports FREE admission for all on Tuesdays at the Museum

Offers public events such as the Evergreen Cemetery Walk and scholarly lectures.

Helps Fund Hands-on Education Loan Kits and Preservation Supplies for Collections & Archives

What does becoming a member do for me?

All membership levels are fully tax-deductible and include our tri-annual On the Square magazine, access to exhibit openings and special events, and exclusive member-only discounts.

On the Square tri-annual magazine in your mailbox

From events to exhibits, and collection highlights to staff spotlights, you'll get to know who we are, what we're doing, and how your membership helps us make history.

Access to exhibit openings and special events.

Access to exclusive discounts.

With Museum discounts and savings at 475+ museums and cultural destinations nationwide—your membership provides value throughout the year.

  • Annual savings with Membership discounts
  • Free museum admission

    For you and your family, every day we’re open

  • Discount on ticketed Museum events

    Reserve your seat at annual events like our History Makers Gala

  • 10% discount at Museum gift shop

    Save on sirup, Museum merch, historic books, and more

  • Discounted admission to 475+ historic sites and museums

    Via the Time Travelers reciprocal membership program

  • Up to 20% discount at select local businesses

    New local business discount partners coming May 2024

Compare Membership Levels

Individual Senior

$40 / year

Senior Couple

$80 / year


$100 / year

  • Membership to include all immediate household members
  • Help fund a senior reminiscence program


$250 / year

  • All Davis level benefits
  • Two additional guests for each Museum visit
  • PDF access to prior year’s Pages From Our Past articles


$500 / year

  • All Fifer-Bohrer level benefits
  • Invitation to exclusive member events
  • 20% discount at Museum gift shop
  • Four additional guests for Museum events
  • Supports preservation supplies for Library & Archives


$1000 / year

  • All Stevenson level benefits
  • Two additional guests for all member events
  • Helps support digital preservation needs
  • 20% discount on new gift memberships
  • One private Museum Tour (behind the scenes)


$2500 / year

  • All Lincoln level benefits
  • Helps support Free Tuesdays at the Museum
  • Free courtroom use for one private meeting (during regular Museum hours)

Benefits included with all levels:

  • 10% discount at Museum gift shop
  • Advanced viewing of exhibits
  • Free Museum admission
  • Member appreciation activities & perks
  • Member price tickets to Museum events
  • Membership donation is 100% tax deductible
  • Time Travelers Program
  • Tri-Annual On the Square magazine