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SITES & ATTRACTIONS
Illinois Police
Officers Memorial

This memorial stands in
remembrance of Illinois police
officers killed in the line of
duty. Dedicated on October
29, 1990. Free
401 S. 2nd St., IL State
Capitol Complex,
West Lawn, 217-782-2099
illinoispolicememorial.org

Illinois State Capitol

The Illinois State Capitol held
its first legislative session in
1877. The growth of the state
increased the need for more
space than the Old State
Capitol allowed. The center
of Illinois government, the
capitol is topped with a 405foot dome. The building is a
combination of Renaissance
Revival and Second Empire
style. Visitors can watch
Illinois politics in action from
balcony-level seating when
the legislature is in session.
Visitor entrance is located at
the east and west side of the
Capitol. Free
401 S. 2nd St., 217-782-2099
cyberdriveillinois.com/
departments/physical_
services/captioltours.html

Illinois State Library

The official library of state
government, the library is
housed in the Gwendolyn
Brooks building named for
the famed Illinois author. With
its collection of more than
five million items, the Library
serves as a regional federal
documents depository,
maintains an authoritative
collection of historic and
contemporary Illinois
documents, and houses
more than 185,000 maps.
Visitors are invited to visit the
Illinois Authors Room with
its extensive collection of
first edition books by Illinois
authors, including a book
donated by President Barack
Obama. The names of 35 of
Illinois' most famous authors
have been inscribed on the
frieze surrounding the top of
this beautiful building. Free
300 S. 2nd St., 217-785-5600
cyberdriveillinois.com/
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html

Illinois State Museum

Explore 500 million years
of Illinois and its changing
environments. Through
interactive displays, special
effects, and life-sized
dioramas, discover Illinois'

rich and diverse cultural
heritage. Experience a variety
of exhibits showcasing the
very best of Illinois art. Create
and learn in the children's
Play Museum, a hands-on
area where children learn
through play what it's like
to work in a museum.
Load a jeep for a scientific
expedition, dig for dinosaur
fossils, frame and display
works of art, and more as you
explore the worlds of nature
and culture.
Admission for 18+
502 S. Spring St.
217-782-7386			
illinoisstatemuseum.org

Kidzeum of Health
and Science

Opening Soon. The Kidzeum
is a 25,000 sq. ft. space
located in the heart of
historic downtown Springfield
featuring fun and creative
exhibits on health and
wellness, science and
global awareness.
412 E. Adams St.
217-971-4435
kidzeum.org

Illinois State Museum

Illinois State Museum

Illinois State Museum

The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and
caring about Illinois' cultural and natural resources
and heritage. The Museum's extensive collections
and research activities provide the foundation for
exhibitions and public programs that tell the story
of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois.
Come to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum!
The Play Museum is a free children's area at the
Illinois State Museum. Load a jeep; crawl through
a cave; dig for fossils; put together a baby
mastodon puzzle; frame art; explore collections
of fossils, insects, artifacts; and toys; and play
museum! The Play Museum is designed for
children ages 3-10 and their families. Hours
are Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 4:30pm and
Sunday: 1pm - 4:30pm.

(800) 545-7300

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