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Museum of the Grand Prairie

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Address: 600 North Lombard, Mahomet, IL 61853 (Formerly Early American Museum)
Phone Number:
+1 217-586-2612
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Great Little Illinois Museum

For the last 10 years, we've passed this museum on our 6 hour trip to my husband's parents. We finally left early enough to stop on the way back home. Glad we did. Shelley was... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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303 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

For the last 10 years, we've passed this museum on our 6 hour trip to my husband's parents. We finally left early enough to stop on the way back home. Glad we did. Shelley was working today and she was very friendly and helpful. The museum has historical artifacts from Illinois and Abreham Lincoln. There are interactive areas to help... More 

Thank Heidi-ready-2-travel
Mahomet, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I don't like sharing personal information, but this place you can see over and over again and not get bored. Even I found something new each time I went that I missed. It is truly a prairie and history of Illinois Museum. I couldn't recommend this enough.They even have a gift shop with candy. Great place.

Thank A6223TAmatthews
Champaign, Illinois
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Staff is knowledgeable and always willing to listen to your questions. Kids (and adults) can learn so much from the exhibits!

Thank laf66
Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Our past Family road trips have been about getting to our destination as quickly as possible. But now I am trying to include stops to enjoy along the way. This way our vacation starts as soon as we leave home. This museum was the perfect stop. The museum provides a history of the geography, nature, people and industry of the... More 

Thank Sue M
Columbus, Georgia
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524 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is a wonderful place for adults and children. The museum has well presented exhibits of the natural history of the prairie along with information on pioneers and farming. One section is devoted to A. Lincoln who visited the area often. There are also exhibits about how the prairie was formed and then farmed. The well done exhibits are informative... More 

Thank GreenLakerGA
Springfield, VA
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Great museum (free) and nice gardens. What a surprise to find such a nice museum! Includes geologic history of the area as well as cultural history.

Thank Lois003
Mahomet, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

At this small central Illinois museum, you can learn about central Illinois' history, from when the glaciers shaped the landscape through the time Europeans settled here. There's a great compact exhibit about Lincoln's role in Illinois, a hands-on children's section and a yearly changing exhibit. Currently, the focus is on the role of water in the area. If you hurry,... More 

Thank K S
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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116 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This small, local museum is great! Great exhibits on early prairie/settlers/Lincoln/natural history. The downstairs has an amazing area for kids to play with - toys, puzzles, kitchen area - all with a focus on settlers. They also offer great programs throughout the year. And all totally free! Worth a stop here, for sure.

Thank supapfunk
Mahomet, Illinois
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a great museum to learn a lot about the history of the Great Prairie. It covers the creation of the geographic points, the people and their influence on the land. The museum also includes a beautiful garden and a one room school house. I have been many times to visit the interactive children's area. They really loved it.

Thank Donna N
Mahomet, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Learn all about our history here on the prairie from the days of the native Indians inhabiting Illinois through current time with interactive displays. they also have formal and prairie gardens out back to spend wandering with our native plants


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