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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 membership is truly an act of philanthropy that supports local history, preservation, and education for the entire community. It is also 100 percent tax deductible.

Your membership will help:

  • Remove financial barriers to learning and cultural opportunities
  • Provide annual educational programs for more than 9,000 local children and senior citizens 
  • Increase online access to our Collections and Library/Archives
  • Support FREE Tuesdays at the Museum
  • Offer public events such as Christmas Under the Dome and the Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Membership Levels and Benefits

Click on each level to view details. 

  • Free Museum admission
  • 10% discount at Museum gift shop
  • Discounts at select local businesses
  • Free or discounted access to over 400 museums & historic sites in the U.S.
  • Member price tickets to Museum events
  • Member appreciation activities
  • Quarterly On the Square magazine
  • Help fund a Senior Reminiscence program in the community
  • 10% discount on new gift memberships
  • All of the benefits of Primary membership
  • Help fund a hands-on-education loan kit to a local classroom
  • Invitation to an exclusive Member Event
  • All of the benefits of Davis membership
  • Invitation to Premium Member Events
  • Provides a Primary Membership to one local family in need
  • All of the benefits of Fifer-Bohrer membership
  • Fund a full week of services in the Stevenson-Ives Library
  • Additional guest tickets to all Member Events
  • Provides a Primary Membership to two local families in need
  • All of the benefits of Stevenson membership
  • Provides a Primary membership to five local families in need
  • Fund a day of Museum operations, exhibits, and educational programs
  • Recognition as “Sponsor of the Day” at the Museum online
  • All of the benefits of Lincoln membership

*For McLean County residents on a limited income you can become a member under the “Give What You Can level.” For more information contact us at (309) 827-0428 or contact Norris Porter, Director of Development.

Each Museum membership provides direct benefits and special access:

  • Free admission to the Museum and Library/Archives for you and your family
  • Quarterly On the Square magazine
  • Access to exhibit openings and special events
  • Member price tickets to all Museum events
  • 10% discount at Museum gift shop
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 400 historic sites and museums across the U.S. through the Time Travelers reciprocal membership program
  • Discounts at select local businesses