Doors Open Illinois: McLean County Museum of History
Coinciding with the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018, Doors Open Illinois will see iconic historical sites and architectural treasures throughout the state open their doors to the public during four consecutive weekends in August. It’s a chance for visitors like you to get a special glimpse of our history and heritage.
Hours: Saturday – 9 am until 4 pm
Sunday – 11 am until 2 pm
The museum features 18,000 objects in its collections, 10,000 volumes in its library and over 1,500 linear feet of archives.
It is a nationally accredited award winning museum with five permanent exhibit galleries and two rotating galleries. The building used to be the McLean County Courthouse, the first of which was built in 1836. Abraham Lincoln and other attorneys of the Eighth Judicial Circuit practiced law there. A new courthouse was built in 1868, but a fire in downtown Bloomington destroyed four and a half square blocks and caused major damage to the structure in 1900. The courthouse continued to be used for administrative purposes until 1988, and then was converted into a museum. The building was built between 1901-1903 and is designed in the American Renaissance style. Rising from the roof are a limestone drum and copper dome said to be modeled after Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica. The museum offers hands-on activities for children as well as annual events including the Evergreen Cemetery Walk and Christmas at the Courthouse. It is also the home of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - Sunday, August 12, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
McLean County Museum of History
200 North Main
Bloomington IL 61701