|Illinois State Dickson Mounds Museum (Julianne G. Crane)|
The Dickson Mounds Museum in west-central Illinois "offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an awe inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience in the Illinois River Valley."
A branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, Dickson Mounds is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. Visitors encounter innovative interpretive exhibits including:
|Dickson Mounds Museum houses multiple exhibit spaces.|
- River Valley Gallery (right) "explores the character of the Illinois River and traces the interaction between the river and the people who lived along it from the end of the Ice Age to the present day. The story is told through innovative displays and Legacy, a large-screen video production that captures the panorama of the past and leads one to a real-life view of the river valley today."
- People of the Valley "portrays a sequence of cultures -- from Ice-Age hunters to the tribal groups that left Illinois in the 19th century -- through artifacts, murals, photographs, and exciting hands-on exhibits."
|'Reflections on Three Worlds' exhibit. (Julianne G. Crane)|
If you go:
Illinois State Dickson Mounds Museum
10956 North Dickson Mounds Road
Lewistown, IL 61542
60 Miles northwest of Springfield, Routes 78 and 97
Location on MapQuest.
Open year-round, daily; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas).
To read more of Julianne G. Crane's writing go to RVWheelLife.com
Click on photos to enlarge. (Julianne G. Crane)