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McLean County Museum of History

200 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701

Historic Sites

Founded in 1904, the museum is housed in a magnificent courthouse that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in downtown Bloomington, the museum reveals the lives of the people who shaped McLean County, including those who encountered and knew Abraham Lincoln.

The museum features 18,000 objects in its collections, 10,000 volumes in its library and over 1,500 linear feat of archives. It offers hands-on activities and educational programs for children as well as annual events including the Evergreen Cemetery Walk and Christmas at the Courthouse.

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Illinois Shakespeare Festival

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