Illinois State Museum

Are you an enthusiast of history? Illinois State Museum is the place to be! The State Museum inspires exploration of Illinois’ past and present. The purpose is to inform and enrich everyday life and to promote the protection of cultural and natural resources for the future.

The Museum’s substantial collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs. The Illinois State Museum, headquartered in Springfield, has branch facilities near Lewistown and Lockport.

The State Museum in Springfield was founded in 1877 as a natural history museum. Today, the Museum showcases almost 100,000 square feet of space in addition to permanent and changing exhibits on art, anthropology, and natural history. There is also a focus on indigenous American heritage and the history of Illinois.

It can be found in downtown Springfield and is a short walk from its Amtrak station and south of the State Capitol. The Museum is open every day throughout the year apart from New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Adults are charged a minimal entry fee. Children aged 18 and below, seniors, and veterans enjoy free entry.

Visitors can see ancient fossils examine local indigenous American artworks. They can discover Illinois’ rich heritage through this extensive Museum’s natural exhibits.

Dioramas, Fossils, and detailed scientific research relive the world as it was. In the immersive exhibitions that show how people have lived in Illinois for the last three hundred years, you will find more recent history. Get to experience traditional living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms.

The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum is for children. The play area is full of exciting, interactive science-based events. Those exempted from admission fees include children under 19, seniors over 64, veterans, and active-duty military personnel.

Illinois State Museum is home to three floors of exhibitions that tell the story of Illinois’ land, life, art, and people. Other collections narrating the stories of Illinois’ people include the Europeans and the American Indians who called the land home for over 10,000 years.

Changing exhibitions at the State Museum highlights the latest scientific research. They also, share Illinois’ rich artistic heritage.

Tour the Museum to discover the state’s fascinating history through thought-provoking exhibits about local life through the ages. Go back in time to prehistoric Illinois and learn about the dynamic environmental changes in the state over millions of years.

Illinois State Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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