Welcome to the Illinois State Museum
The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and caring about Illinois' cultural and natural resources and heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is headquartered in Springfield with branch facilities throughout the state. Use the links to the side to find information about current and upcoming exhibits, public programs, and other events at all of the Museum’s sites. Admission is FREE at all Illinois State Museum sites.
Come to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum!
The Play Museum is a free children's area at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield. Load a jeep; crawl through a cave; dig for fossils; put together a baby mastodont puzzle; frame art; explore collections of fossils, insects, artifacts; and toys; and play museum! The Play Museum is designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. Hours are Monday-Saturday (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.).
Play Museum Teacher Kits
ANNOUNCING: A new, exciting resource for teachers from the Illinois State Museum!
Thanks to a grant from the Susan Cook House Educational Trust, teachers of grades preK-4 may borrow a Play Museum Outreach Kit free of charge. The easy-to-use, light weight kits were created to help educators and their students get the most out of a field trip visit to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum.
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Ancient Earthworks of Ohio
2014 Archaeology, History, & Natural History Bus Trip
Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum will be the study leader for the trip.
Join us as we discover the mysteries of the prehistoric mound builders in southern and central Ohio. Site interpreters and museum curators will provide insight into the age, construction, and use of these silent witnesses to the past. Enjoy museums with exceptional exhibits on American Indians and dine in Ohio’s oldest inn, as we explore the beautiful rolling hills encompassing the gateway to this region’s rich historic past.
Depart: 7:00 AM, Thursday, October 9
Return: 8:00 PM, Saturday, October 11
MORE INFORMATION & REGISRATION
- Announcing the Launch of the Illinois State Museum Research eSeries
A Study of the Birds of Sangamon County, Illinois, 1970-2010, by Museum zoologist H. David Bohlen is available as a free, downloadable pdf. This unprecedented 40-year study documents dramatic changes in the presence and abundance of 359 bird species in Sangamon County, Illinois and highlights the impacts of environmental change and habitat destruction by humans.