It's no secret that I am very passionate about the subject of history, and growing up in the Land of Lincoln has turned me into a Lincoln and Civil War buff/nerd. In fact, today I spent the afternoon crying inside that I did not have a couple spare hundred dollars on me because I happened across the most incredible used book store that had shelves and shelves of you're never gonna find anywhere else books.
But back to the topic of this post. Springfield put together a really great and interactive museum, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, a couple years ago. The experience is totally worth just vacationing to town for. Our family has been several times and each visit is a little different and we have yet to tire of it.
I don't know if all of you have heard of the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day, where the celebration of the free dissemination of knowledge to anyone is promoted by the Washington based Smithsonian. Well, The ALPML is participating and on September 24th, admission is free to everyone!
Unfortunately, we will be 300 miles or so in the other direction attending a different historical event. But, if you can make it, you should go!
You do need to download and print out the Smithsonian Museum Day ticket here. Each ticket is good for one person and a guest.
Other great Illinois Museums on the list are:
Adler Planetarium-- also one of my fave Chicago spots
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site- not sure if you can visit two spots in one day, but if so, this is a great 2nd stop or option.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio-- Hello!!
The Art Institute of Chicago-- if you abso can't make it that day, the AIC does have free admission on Thursday evenings (pretty sure that is the day)
Oh, and if you don't already get the magazine newsletter from the Smithsonian, do, its entirely worth it!