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Litchfield, IL 62056
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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
When you hear the word 'legend', Ford trucks generally do not come to mind. This is not true in St. Louis, the home of the Bigfoot 4x4. In the St. Louis showroom, visitors can see the legendary Bigfoot 1, the very first of the 4x4 monster truck phenomenon. The showroom also houses some truly great Bigfoot souvenirs, apparel and collectibles. Visiting Bigfoot 4x4 Inc. is an adventure in itself and includes a tour of the factory that makes the infamous monster trucks. It features more than 20 years of monster truck history and displays the world's largest collection of monster truck memorabilia.
Aviation fans of all ages will enjoy a tour of this history-of-flight museum located at Boeing's headquarters in St. Louis. Eight decades of history are represented here, with everything from cloth models and bi-planes to spaceships on display. There are also scale models of the F-15 Eagle, Apache helicopters, military transports and the president's Air Force One. Additionally, there are life-size replicas of the Gemini and Mercury spacecraft that launched the U.S. space exploration program. Other historical exhibits represent the first around-the-world flight in 1924 and the first flight to the South Pole in 1956.
Celebrity watchers will have the opportunity to see more than 200 famous people and historical figures depicted in wax at this downtown museum. See the likes of Henry VIII and his wives, Elvis, Michael Jackson and other notables, including the Pope. The museum is located in the Laclede's Landing entertainment district, an easy walk to restaurants, clubs and souvenir shops. Receive two free children's tickets with each adult ticket.
Art St. Louis has worked for over 20 years to benefit community artists by providing exhibition space, an education and exhibition program in area schools, and proactive artist support services. The cooperative gallery welcomes both established and emerging artists, and shows are open to the public for free. Exhibitions include work by artists living within 200 miles of St. Louis, and one show a year expands this radius to include 9 surrounding states.
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church founded in 1865, serves as a social service resource for the community. The original architectural design of the sanctuary is preserved. Pastor Rev. Robert Zinser is proud to be a part of this historic parish, named for the Spanish Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), whose literary works are cited by the National Library of Congress. The church has an adjacent school, St. Nicholas School, which serves the local community. Visitors attend mass and community events, and are drawn by the general history of the building.
The St. Louis garment district has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Among the businesses that have thrived here throughout the past 180 years are many new studios, galleries and cafes. Some buildings have been rehabbed as loft apartments. The loft district, as it is known, is home to many artists who have made their livings from the very buildings that once housed garment plants. These historic buildings now serve well both as studio lofts and as homes to families. The loft district is worth a visit from travelers.
Located in a former shoe manufacturing building, this museum will satisfy both the young and the young-at-heart. With three floors of interesting, educational and fun-filled rooms, it is one of the best downtown attractions. The museum is run by a group of artists and professionals who together produce an awesome array of exhibits. Feel the authenticity of the multilevel enchanted caves, the architectural museum and the giant aquarium.
MacroSun works directly with national artists and craftspeople from many countries, including Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand and India. This cultural center carries unusual pieces of art as well as other items such as jewelry, books and fashions. Prices range depending on the item's historical value and cultural significance. Whether you are a first time visitor or a local, you will likely discover something wonderful for your home or office decor.