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Children's Museum Of Illinois

55 South Country Club Road


Children’s Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum for children ages three to twelve. Its exhibits and activities complement and enhance children’s educational opportunities, particularly in the arts and sciences. The museum contributes to the community’s quality of life as an educational facility, visitor attraction, family activity destination, and site for volunteerism.


Children’s Museum of Illinois (CMI) grew from a collaborative effort of the Decatur Area Arts Council and Junior Welfare Association of Decatur. The concern of these educators, community leaders, and volunteers was the lack of art and science activities available in area schools. In 1988, CMI (under the original name of the Decatur Area Children’s Museum) was incorporated as a non-profit organization. The need for an interactive children’s museum resulted from feasibility studies and when the museum opened in March 1990, it was housed in the Macon County Conservation District’s Education Center.

With rapid growth in attendance, plans were developed to locate a permanent facility in Decatur’s Scovill Park adjacent to Scovill Children’s Zoo and Playground. CMI opened the doors of the new 20,000 square foot castle-like building in October 1995. In December 1995, it was named small institution of the year by the Illinois Association of Museums. Child Magazine has named CMI one of the top 25 children’s museums in the country.

Educational programs are offered to area schools and community organizations in reading literacy, humanities, arts, and sciences. In 2012 and 2013, CMI was an excursion site for Camp Connections, the enrichment programming offered by Decatur Public Schools.

Children’s Museum of Illinois is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. It receives no funding from federal, state, or local government and is not a part of the Decatur Park District.


Marc A.

Friday, July 6, 2018
This museum is small compared to the likes of Indianapolis or the St. Louis City Museum, but it is still a gem for Decatur. They continue to update it regularly thanks to much community support (businesses and individuals) and they are finishing up a very large addition in July 2018. We've been season pass-holders for several years now and my kids still enjoy going there every chance they get. Current favorite exhibits are the construction room, the giant tooth-brushing area, the stage, and the hospital area.

Mary Cloe

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Took my 3 year old grandson - great idea for a rainy day! We had a lot of creative, interactive fun !! I used to bring my children here years ago, so glad this is still here. Despite recent reviews I had read, it was clean, about as neat as you can get with little s running around, everything was in working order, and so much to do. Great asset to our community - we will be back, thank you !!

Ellen Hearn

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Recently expanded. Great way to let children explore career options...while playing.

Joshua Williams

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
The kids love it! The attractions won't wow the parents, but they're educational and fun for the kids.

Tara Nolan

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Always a fun time! Grocery store, Mr. Potato head, and water table sections are a favorite among my kids. Admission and gift shop prices are very reasonable. Love that it's located right next door to the zoo!

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