Mattoon Illinois Museums
This week we take a look at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Madison, Illinois, which houses the largest collection of Lincoln artifacts in the United States. The site also includes the site where Lincoln stopped after taking over the presidency, and preserved minutes of his first visit to Madison in 1841.
There are also 11 murals of buildings in downtown Lincoln, and although we do not recommend seeing them all in one day, Illinois residents can take advantage of the museum's free admission day. While waiting for your train ride back, take the Lincoln Walking Tour, which includes a visit to the Natural History Museum and a tour of some of Lincoln's favorite spots in Madison. The museum also includes an exhibit on the history of Illinois and Mississippi in the state, as well as a collection of artifacts. Visitors can also take a subway tour and see the park and the history of the museum with the river region.
The museum houses Judy Istock's butterfly haven, which releases the first flight of butterflies every day at 2 p.m. There are five museums taking part in the grand tour, but the Chicago Children's Museum has a climbing machine, rotating exhibits and an exhibition dedicated to the city's fire department and architecture. Older children can attend a performance at the Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago and a guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
While you're there, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is across the road north of the zoo and has play facilities and hiking trails for families. The museum is located in Chicago's historic park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who is also responsible for the Chicago Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This 57-acre park on the shores of Lake Michigan houses three of Chicago's most important museums. While you're there: The Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago Zoo and Chicago Art Museum.
While you're there: Carbondale is home to Southern Illinois University, with a large school surrounded by museums and architecture. While you were there, take a little road trip to Mattoon Because it's at the southern tip of Illinois and has more museums than you could imagine, from the Chicago Public Library to the Illinois State Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to a number of other museums. You can imagine it: The Ohio River Cave is the largest cave in the USA and one of the oldest cave systems in North America.
The Science Center houses the Illinois State Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is the largest museum of its kind in the United States.
Other interesting exhibits are on display in the Illinois Building, but in many ways this is the most interesting. This museum is one of the only in Illinois to trace the journey of President Abraham Lincoln and his family through the history of the state. Lincoln visited this log cabin often, and with live history programming from May to October, the restored site is a step back to rural Illinois of the 1840s.
If you travel a few blocks further east, you will find that Illinois is Lincoln country and regular family events are held. If your kids are softball enthusiasts, they will love it because it's family friendly, and when you're there, you can even find one of the few Lincoln uniforms for your family to collect photos with the Abraham Lincoln statues. It is also family friendly and offers families many opportunities to pose for photos in front of their favorite Lincoln statue and in the museum itself.
While there, you and your family can visit the newly remodeled Thomas Hughes Children's Library at its new location and then head south to shop at the shops on State Street. On the Lincoln Trail, you can visit the unique Presidential Library and Museum, where families can learn about the Lincoln Presidency and see changing exhibitions and events.
If you are there and want to avoid the traffic jam of a car trip, Amtrak will pick you up at the St. Louis station - heading for Union Station. While you're there, the Museum of Natural History and the Illinois State Museum website will help visitors do more.
While you're there and heading to Glencoe on Metra, don't miss the historic Metria Station, built in 1891 and located on the north side of the city, just a few blocks from the park. If you're traveling in the summer, turn off your train at the Illinois Avenue intersection to enjoy one of the parks in our city. While we were there, our trip to St. Louis will end at Lakeview Park, where you and your family will stay for a year - in the park around Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, as well as at the Illinois State Museum. In summer, the Glencoe Boat House and GlenCoe Beach are both great destinations for day trips.