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Mount Vernon Attractions: Places to Visit in Mount Vernon
"I didn't know this was located in the mall. I didn't even know there was a museum. We enjoyed looking around at all the old equipment, pictures, and history lessons. Enjoyed the step back in time, and looking at everything. Many of the items were in used quality, which shows how they would look..." after being used compared to some museums where you only see items which are new and were never used or are a replica. You can tell these items are from the actual fire departments.
This is a great visit, that is free, and they accept donations. Fun for the entire family!
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"This is a wonderful museum – especially for a city the size of Mount Vernon, IL. We spent about 2 hours there and visited almost every part of the museum buildings and the grounds.
The main gallery had some fabulous pieces by well-known artists. Be sure you see the marble statue with “transparen..."t” clothing. (How can marble look “transparent” you ask? It did!) And the embroidered pictures done for the book “A Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes” by Salley Mavor were so intricate! You’ll really appreciate them if you have ever embroidered. The children’s area was also fascinating. My husband loved it! (It obviously appeals to inquiring minds – even those far beyond childhood.)
When we visited, a separate building held arts of various sorts (paintings, jewelry, pottery, etc) all by Illinois artists.
The grounds are extensive and there is quite a collection of outdoor sculptures – mostly modern. A tip: You may want to get the audios which describe them. We did not d...
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"Be surprised when you visit this gem of a museum located in small town Mt Vernon Illinois. The newly renovated and expanded building is modern and sleek, with permanent collection including an original by Mary Cassatt. There is also a family center where you can bring your little ones and allowed to..." explore and be creative. The outdoors is beautiful with their collection of garden sculptures, very unique in the region. Come on a brisk day and enjoy the scenery and the beautifully landscaped surroundings. Highly recommended.
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