Museums in Illinois


Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum : Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Visit for Two or Four or a One-Year  Membership (Up to 50% Off)

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Visit for Two or Four or a One-Year Membership (Up to 50% Off)

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Hannibal

Guests explore Mark Twain’s childhood home and the surrounding properties that inspired his stories

$22 $11

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Museum of Transportation: Museum Outing with Miniature-Train Ride for Two or Four at the Museum of Transportation (Up to 50% Off)

Museum Outing with Miniature-Train Ride for Two or Four at the Museum of Transportation (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Transportation

St. Louis

Vintage automobiles, planes, and a massive collection of locomotives fill the museum grounds, circled by miniature-train tracks

$26 $13

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Cahokia Mounds Museum Society: Self-Guided Audio Tour for Two or Four with Souvenir Book and Tote from Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (60% Off) 

Self-Guided Audio Tour for Two or Four with Souvenir Book and Tote from Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (60% Off) 

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society

Collinsville

Visitors take self-guided audio-visual tours of a metropolis built by Native Americans from AD 700 to 1400

$20 $8

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Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center: Admission for Two, Three, or Four to Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center (40% Off)

Admission for Two, Three, or Four to Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center (40% Off)

Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center

St. Charles

The facility honors Lewis and Clark with full-scale models of the explorers’ boats, a museum, and trails through the surrounding woodlands

$10 $6

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The Griot Museum of Black History: Admission for Two, Four, or Six at The Griot Museum of Black History (47% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six at The Griot Museum of Black History (47% Off)

The Griot Museum of Black History

St. Louis Place

Museum explores black history through beautifully sculpted wax figures and interactive exhibits

$15 $8

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Titanic Branson: Titanic Branson Museum Visit for One, Two, or a Family (Up to 32% Off)

Titanic Branson Museum Visit for One, Two, or a Family (Up to 32% Off)

Titanic Branson

Branson

Towering more than 100 feet above street-level, this Titanic ship–shaped attraction appeals to those of all ages

$28 $20

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Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis: Visit for Two, Four, Six, or Eight Adults to the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis (Up to 50% Off)

Visit for Two, Four, Six, or Eight Adults to the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis (Up to 50% Off)

Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis

Bevo

Groups can visit the museum to view a collection of miniatures which includes houses and replicas of the Basilica of St. Louis and Bevo Mill

$40 $20

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International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum: International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum Membership for One or Two or Visit for Two (Up to 51% Off)

International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum Membership for One or Two or Visit for Two (Up to 51% Off)

International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum

Grand Center

Photographs and equipment from more than 500 artists, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, fill a 6,000-square-foot space

$35 $17

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World Aquarium: Aquarium Tours at World Aquarium (Up to 79% Off). Three Options Available.

Aquarium Tours at World Aquarium (Up to 79% Off). Three Options Available.

World Aquarium

St. Louis

Aquarium docents introduce visitors to fish, amphibians, reptiles, and arachnids with opportunities to feed and touch wildlife

$130 $50

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St. Charles Flying Service: $49 for an Introductory Flight Lesson at St. Charles Flying Service ($109 Value)

$49 for an Introductory Flight Lesson at St. Charles Flying Service ($109 Value)

St. Charles Flying Service

Portage Des Sioux

After 30 minutes of prep, students and a certified instructor take a 30-minute flight over the holiday lights of St. Louis

$109 $49

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St. Louis Haunted History Tours: Strange History Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from St. Louis Haunted History Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Strange History Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from St. Louis Haunted History Tours (Up to 52% Off)

St. Louis Haunted History Tours

Morgan St. Brewery

Chilling tours explore 15 St. Louis stops as a guide shares stories of local spirits, exorcisms, and history

$25 $12

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 Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower : Admission for 2, 4, or 12 at Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (Up to 58% Off)

Admission for 2, 4, or 12 at Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (Up to 58% Off)

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Hartford

Parallel towers loom above the fork of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, where Lewis and Clark commenced their historic voyage

$48 $20

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Mineral Springs Haunted Tours: Haunted Tours at Mineral Springs Haunted Tours (63% Off). Six Options Available.

Haunted Tours at Mineral Springs Haunted Tours (63% Off). Six Options Available.

Mineral Springs Haunted Tours

Alton

Guests use ghost-monitoring equipment to search for the spirits of folks who met their end in this historic spa and hotel

$70 $26

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Revitalize St. Louis Architecture Tours: North, East, or West Saint Louis Architecture Tour from Revitalize St. Louis Architecture Tours (Up to 50% Off )

North, East, or West Saint Louis Architecture Tour from Revitalize St. Louis Architecture Tours (Up to 50% Off )

Revitalize St. Louis Architecture Tours

Multiple Locations

Guided walking tour provides insight into the architectural history of Saint Louis

$20 $10

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St. Louis Paranormal Research Society - Lemp Walking Tour: Haunted Neighborhood Walking Tour for 2 or 4 from St. Louis Paranormal Research Society (Up to 51% Off)

Haunted Neighborhood Walking Tour for 2 or 4 from St. Louis Paranormal Research Society (Up to 51% Off)

St. Louis Paranormal Research Society - Lemp Walking Tour

St. Louis

Actual ghost hunters tell the amazing haunted story of the Lemp neighborhood while leading groups through an iconic piece of St. Louis

$50 $25

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3Quest Challenge: Urban Scavenger Race for Two, Four, or Six from 3Quest Challenge (Half Off)

Urban Scavenger Race for Two, Four, or Six from 3Quest Challenge (Half Off)

3Quest Challenge

3Quest Challenge - St. Louis

Racing against the clock, players progress through three quests where they find checkpoints, seize clues, and solve the final puzzle

$39.95 $16

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Helisat: $150 for Introductory Helicopter Lesson at HeliSat ($312.50 Value)

$150 for Introductory Helicopter Lesson at HeliSat ($312.50 Value)

Helisat

Moscow Mills

An hour of ground school, complete with a log book, prefaces 30-minute introductory flights, overseen by an instructor

$312.50 $150

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Crazy Dash Digital Adventures: Walking Scavenger Hunt for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures (65% Off)

Walking Scavenger Hunt for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures (65% Off)

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures

St Louis

Bring your smartphone and explore the city in a scavenger hunt to get points, which involves documenting specific activities with a camera

$39.95 $14

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Wacky Walks - St. Louis: Wacky Walk Adventure for Two, Four, or Six from Wacky Walks - St. Louis (60% Off)

Wacky Walk Adventure for Two, Four, or Six from Wacky Walks - St. Louis (60% Off)

Wacky Walks - St. Louis

Saint Louis

Part solo strategizing game and part team quest, this walk around the city leads to clues that need solving—and upheaval in your ranks

$39.95 $16

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Double Key Treasure Hunts: Historic Treasure-Hunt Package from Double Key Treasure Hunts (Up to 47% Off)

Historic Treasure-Hunt Package from Double Key Treasure Hunts (Up to 47% Off)

Double Key Treasure Hunts

Chicago History Museum - Live

Package containing a letter ‘written’ in 1929 launches a historic scavenger hunt to decipher rhyming clues and uncover a hidden treasure

$147.95 $85

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Own a Napa Vineyard: $119 for One-Year Ownership of Two Vines at Carneros Della Notte ($198 Value)

$119 for One-Year Ownership of Two Vines at Carneros Della Notte ($198 Value)

Own a Napa Vineyard

Carneros Della Notte

Learn how to tend and harvest grapes, access special vineyard events, and make your own wine from grapes that grow on your vines

$198 $119

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  • The Adler Planetarium
    Historic spacecraft, fragments of far away worlds, and maps of the galaxy make outer space seem completely within reach. That's the magic of the Adler Planetarium. From the moment visitors pass through the Clark Family Welcome Gallery—a portal of aluminum tubing, fabric, and video projections—they embark on a journey through space, time, and imagination. Eye Catcher: Earth's neighbors and one massive yellow Sun hang overhead in Our Solar System, which also includes a fragment of a meteorite and a replica of the Mars rover. The Adler is the only place where visitors can touch a piece of the Moon, Mars, and three different asteroids under one roof. Permanent Mainstay: The Historic Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, where guests can step under a steel dome to view the night sky as it appeared in 1913 thanks to 692 drilled holes. Hands-On Experiments: In The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, you can send yourself digital postcards from across the Universe; it'll only take four hours for one to arrive from Neptune, but be prepared to wait 2.5 million years for one to arrive from the Andromeda galaxy. Hidden Gem: The Space Visualization Lab introduces guests to cutting-edge research that astronomers discuss with visitors one-on-one to convey the vastness of space or the size of the castle they want to build on the Moon. Don't Miss: The live planetarium show, Destination Solar System, blends a sci-fi plot with real science as it journeys to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn's moon Titan. Special Programs: Every third Thursday of the month, Adler After Dark lets amateur astronomers 21 and older spend the evening gazing at the stars with cocktails in hand. Groupon Guide Stargazing Tips from an Adler Astronomer Get the most out of your stargazing gear with these tips. The Adler’s New Show Takes You on a (Practically) Real Tour of the Solar System How an Adler Planetarium scientist and "Lalaloopsy" TV writer propelled their audience across the solar system.
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    1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Graham Building
    Aurora's Graham Building knows how important it is to get the job done, so call the experts next time your home needs a little TLC. Whether you're looking to repair or remodel parts of your property, the master carpenters at Graham Building can help you bring your vision to life. Find something in your home that needs fixing? Remember to call up the helpful folks at Graham Building, your friendly neighborhood handyman service.
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    33 South Stolp Avenue
    Aurora, IL US
  • Rockford Art Musuem
    The Rockford Art Museum has more than a century of creativity hanging from the walls in its galleries. It acquired its first piece in 1913 and has since collected more than 1600 pieces from local and international artists. Glass sculptures, 20th century American photography, and impressionist paintings vie for attention alongside the dynamic images of the American southwest from the Taos Society of New Mexico. The collection houses the detailed work of regional artists trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Academy of Arts and the earthy, meaningful paintings of outsider art, such as Richard Burnside’s untitled painting of a cat made from paint and pinecone pieces. Standing apart from the main collection, the museum’s RAM Art Annex houses educational programs and the museum store stocks an inventory of jewelry and glass pieces by local artists. The annual Greenwich Village Art Fair also shares art appreciation with the community. The fair gathers more than 100 artists in an atmosphere filled with live music.
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    711 N MAIN ST STE 3
    ROCKFORD, IL US
  • Joliet Historical Museum
    By highlighting the goings-on in the community of Joliet, The Joliet Area Historical Museum scans the entirety of American history from the perspective of the town's inhabitants. Housed inside the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church, multimedia exhibits artfully assembled from audio-visual displays, touch screens, and life-size models illustrate the stories plucked from the eventful timelines of the town and its people. Occupying two full stories, permanent exhibit The Soaring Achievements of John C. Houbolt honors the life and work of former resident Dr. Houbolt, who had a primary role in NASA's race to the moon. The exhibit's life-size Lunar Lander even allows guests to step inside and glimpse the accommodations and controls, revealing a control panel more complicated than a single button labeled "Go to Moon." In addition to its permanent collection, the museum also keeps an active calendar full of special events.
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    204 North Ottawa Street
    Joliet, IL US
  • DuPage Children's Museum
    In 1987, Louise Beem and Dorothy Carpenter were early-childhood-education specialists. Based on their combined experience—gained from teaching preschool, founding the College of DuPage's early-childhood-education program, and being grandmothers—the two friends felt that traditional methods of teaching youngsters were less than optimal at the time. Their brainchild, the DuPage Children's Museum, began that same year. The pair designed the museum's colorful exhibits to incorporate interactive and open-ended elements, which they believed more closely matched the way kids learn and naturally process information, a discovery they say has now been corroborated by findings in neuroscience research. In that vein, the three-story museum engages young neurons with interactive art, math, and science-themed attractions. Giving little hands the chance to explore, the AWEsome Electricity exhibit bridges the gap between the electric-powered gadgets and lights families use every day to where all that nonbreakfast-based energy comes from. Kids learn how electricity gets from one place to another and what its basic units are while at play in the museum's signature hands-on spaces. Elsewhere, the Young Explorers exhibit is designed for children aged 2 and under, who develop math skills by learning concepts such as sorting and patterning and express their creativity by experimenting with color and light.
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    301 North Washington Street,Naperville
    Naperville, IL US
  • 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

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