Where are you located?
We occupy the entire former c.1903 courthouse in the heart of Downtown Bloomington. Our address is 200 N Main St, Bloomington Illinois, 61701, but our entrance is on Washington Street.
What are your hours?
Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Tue. 9 a.m. — 9 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. May-September. The Museum is closed Sundays from October-April
Where do I park?
Street parking around the Museum is free but limited to 90 minutes, and this is strictly enforced by the city. If traveling by car, we suggest parking in the Lincoln Parking Deck located on the corner of Front Street and Main Street, one block south of the Museum. Parking is $1 per hour during the day M-F, and free after 6pm and on weekends. Parking is also available in a garage three blocks north of the Museum on the corner of Center Street and Market Street. Parking there is free for the first four hours.
Is the Museum part of the county or city government?
We are a private not-for-profit organization. While we do occasionally receive special funding from various city, state, and federal entities, the vast majority of our funding comes from private donors (thank you, members!) and grants.
What exhibits do you have?
See the exhibits page for more information. Our Visitors Center on the ground level features an exhibit about Abraham Lincoln and Route 66. On the first floor we have 4 permanent galleries: Making a Home, Farming in the Great Corn Belt, Abraham Lincoln in McLean County and Working for a Living. Our 5th permanent exhibit opens November 2019. Throughout the building there are informational panels about the building history and architecture. The third floor includes a hands-on Pioneer Discovery Room and an exhibit titled Pedal Power!, an impressive display of 53 pedal cars.
How long does it take to see everything?
As is the case with most museums, the amount of time will depend on the visitor. Most visitors spend between 1.5 and 2 hours.
Is the Visitors Center part of the Museum?
Yes, the Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center is on the ground floor of the Museum. In it there is an exhibit on Route 66 and it is staffed by Museum employees and volunteers. It also serves as the reception desk for the Museum and features a gift shop and tourism information about McLean County and Route 66 sites. Visit the Visitors Center website for more info!
How old is the building and how long has the Museum occupied it?
The building, opened in 1903, is the fourth courthouse to exist on this square. It was built after a downtown Bloomington fire in 1900 destroyed the third courthouse. It was an operating courthouse until 1976, when the Law and Justice Center was built on Front Street. The Museum moved into the building in 1991. Read more about our history.
Can I rent out the Museum for events?
Yes. The courtroom, located on the second floor, and the classroom, located on the third floor, can be rented out for events. Please contact Jeff Woodard by email or phone at (309) 827-0428, or visit our private rentals page for more information.
I am a professional photographer. Can I take photos in the Museum?
Yes, for a fee. Please contact Jeff Woodard by email or phone at (309) 827-0428 for more information.