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Illinois Bicentennial Exhibit Opens for Free in Springfield

August 07, 2018 - 7:39 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Illinois Bicentennial will be on full display at the state museum in Springfield this weekend, for free.

The museum will be offering free admission for its new exhibition "Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection."

The exhibit celebrates the state's 200th birthday and features rare and rarely seen artifacts from the museum's collection of more than 13 million items.

Artifacts include 400 million-year-old fossils, a World War I soldier's helmet, a trunk brought by German immigrants in 1852 and a wedding dress made from a father's parachute.

The exhibit features different sections of the state each weekend. This weekend, it's central Illinois. Western Illinois will be featured Aug. 18-19. On Aug. 25-26, it's northeastern Illinois' turn.