1010 East Columbian N Blvd
Litchfield, IL 62056
Phone: (217) 324-9260
Fax: (217) 324-3757
Arts & Museums
The museum was founded in 1971 to help preserve and tell the story of the individuality of the community which it serves. It illustrates the aesthetic interests and accomplishments of its citizens and reflects the story of the development and the achievement of that community.
Featuring military exhibits and vehicles including one of America's diverse Army jeep collections.
The National Great Rivers Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the people, nature, and wildlife that have shaped the Mississippi River throughout history. This 12,000 square foot museum, which is highly interactive and computer animated, is packed with more than 15 exhibits that illustrate the impact on their people and region.
A collection of Lincoln books, pamphlets, pictures, a life mask and other items can be found at this library. Made for a statue of Lincoln in 1860, just after his election to the presidency, the mask is one of a very few copies made from the original, housed at the Smithsonian Institute. An original photo of Lincoln taken in 1857 is also on display at the library.
You can feel the spirit of the Mississippian Indians live on at this popular attraction. Interesting artifacts are displayed in the world class museum/interpretive center.The impressive state historic site spans over 2200 ACRES, including 70 mounds and gives visitors a fascinating feel for this ancient civilization that dates back to 800-1400 AD.
In this large assortment of Civil War memorabilia is Tintypes by Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.
Once the home of poet Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, the Vachel Lindsay House is now one of the most significant historical landmarks in the city of Illinois. Managed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the house now serves as a museum acquainting visitors with Lindsay's life and poetry. Poetry readings and art exhibitions are a few of the events organized, and the house is open for tours.
Established in 1877, the Illinois State Museum (ISM) is headquartered in Springfield, and houses a massive collection of natural history artifacts that are deeply insightful of the life, art and music of the people over the centuries. Wonderfully preserved, the awesome exhibits cover fossils, household ware, mining tools, Native American items and even glass paperweights. Admission is free.
Medals, photos, currency, drums,and uniforms from the War of the Rebellion are displayed here.
With at least seven different kinds of marble, murals, paintings, statuary, and a unique architectural design add to the beauty of this center of state government.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum is an ode to America's greatest president ever, Abraham Lincoln. Here is a chance for history lovers to have a glimpse at the only house he ever owned. A number of restored buildings and exhibits occupy the 4 block area which is deeply evocative of the centuries gone by. Guided tours are available for those who would like an in depth explanation of all there is to see and know. Free admission for all to the museum but library entrance charges apply! Check website for timings.
The oldest home in Springfield on its original foundation, Edwards Place tells the story of Benjamin and Helen Edwards and their life at the home from 1843 to 1909. The wonderfully preserved Italianate mansion was once a center for social activity in Springfield. Prominent citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. Tours of Edwards Place historic home are available on the hour Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis on the day of the tour at the Springfield Art Association office.