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Welcome to the Illinois State Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               June 15, 2016  

CONTACT:      Chris Young  (217) 557-1240  

Illinois State Museum to Welcome Visitors on July 2

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will reopen to the public on July 2 after the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved a request by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to charge an admission fee. The museum will once again welcome visitors from across the state to learn about the history, people, land, art and culture of Illinois.
“We are excited to welcome the public back to the Illinois State Museum,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal.  “The Illinois State Museum is the best place in Illinois for families from around the state and around the world to explore the rich history of our state.”
This week, JCAR approved a rule authorizing the IDNR to establish an adult admission fee of $5.00 for the museum’s main campus in Springfield. Children age 18 and under, seniors and veterans will be admitted free. The admission fee is part of a greater effort to diversify the sources of funding for the museum.

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield, the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum in Fulton Co., and the ISM Research and Collections Center in Springfield will officially reopen on July 2.
Special activities are planned and unique artifacts from the museum’s collections will be on display at the museum, located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield.  Additional special events will be held at the museum on select weekends during the summer.

The IDNR continues to work with stakeholders in communities where other Illinois State Museum branches are located in hopes of securing partnerships that would allow those branches to open.

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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.

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 Tuesday-Saturday (10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 to 4:30 p.m.). The Play Museum is closed on Mondays.

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.



  Announcing the Launch of the Illinois State Museum Research eSeries   

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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.




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