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  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
    Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.
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    212 N 6th St
    Springfield, IL US
  • German American Heritage Center
    German journalist Joseph Eiboeck called Davenport ?the most German city, not only in the State, but in all the Middle West, the center of all German activities in the State.? That makes sense; when the Standard Hotel opened its doors in the 1860s, it played host to many new residents of the town, many of which were German immigrants. Now the historic building is the home of the German American Heritage Center, a non-profit that seeks to keep their cultural heritage alive. Permanent exhibits, such as the multimedia-focused "German Immigrant Experience," paint a picture of life as an immigrant, while temporary exhibits can focus on very specific stories. One such story focuses on German-American Charles Bush, who helped spark the country's love of kaleidoscopes.
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    712 W 2nd St
    Davenport, IA US
  • Niabi Zoo
    The Niabi Zoo houses 900 animals from 160 species hailing from a quintet of continents on its 40-acre grounds. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, this Midwestern menagerie abides by rigorous standards for bird and beast welfare. Traverse the educational trails, sighting zebras, ostriches, and giraffes trying on oversized bowties in the African exhibit or large cats such as the jaguar, leopard, and bengal tiger. The Niabi Zoo also protects 200 acres of area land for native wildlife preservation and bocce-ball tournaments.
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    13010 Niabi Zoo Rd
    Coal Valley, IL US
  • Ronald Reagan Home
    The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home lets you get a true feel for the 40th president's life as a child. The restored home was originally built in 1891 and was home to Ronald Reagan and his family in the early 1920s. Visitors can take guided tours of the home to see young Reagan?s bedroom and find old the secret hiding place for his pennies or the new secret hiding place for George Washington's ghost. A visitor center contains four rooms of photos and a display of the Reagan presidential timeline, and a gift shop sells memorabilia and T-shirts. Outside, a flower and vegetable garden showcases heritage plants, and check out Bessy, the refurbished Model T Ford that's not unlike the car Reagan's family would have driven.
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    816 S Hennepin Ave
    Dixon, IL US
  • Dollinger Family Farm
    Set on the 158-year-old Dollinger Family Farm, Abyss Haunted House presents a terrifying journey not fit for the faint of heart. The brainchild of award-winning artist Paul Niemeyer, who has worked for Disney, MGM, and Paramount Pictures, Abyss offers a portal to a primeval darkness that will scare the living lint out of bellybuttons. Witness ghoulish scenes rendered in special-effect lighting, and fall victim to mild shocks, artificial fog, and intense sound.
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    7420 E Hansel Rd
    Channahon, IL US
  • Farnsworth House
    Minimal furnishing and no unnecessary walls. Just a single space enclosed by glass walls raised a few feet from the ground. Farnsworth House was designed by influential architect Mies van der Rohe, and its completion in 1951 marked the culmination of his pursuit of an ideal modernist aesthetic. Distilled to its elements, Farnsworth House becomes one with its setting: the house faces the Fox River, and its simple white beams create a contrast to the surrounding trees and landscape. Today, Farnsworth House stands as a testament to modernist architecture. The general public can discover this unique building during visits and guided tours. Special events, such as weddings, can also be arranged.
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    14520 River Rd
    Plano, IL US

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