Illinois State Museum Exhibits
Illinois Natural History Habitat DisplaysThese spectacular dioramas show several Illinois habitats as they would have appeared approximately 200 years ago.
Forests of unglaciated northwestern Illinois
Dunes along Lake Michigan
Forests of the unglaciated Shawnee Hills
Oak-Beech forest of eastern Illinois
Lakes of southern Illinois
At Home in the HeartlandAt Home In The Heartland is a state-of-the-art exhibit that uses the ISM's extensive decorative arts collections and research gathered throughout Illinois to explore the history of family life in the state over the past three centuries. Find out more about the exhibit or browse some of it (below).
At Home in the Heartland entrance
At Home on the French Frontier
Visitors enjoying the exhibit
Peoples of the Past DioramasThe dioramas in the Peoples of the Past exhibit show the lifeways of some of the people who have inhabited Illinois in the last 4000 years. Find out more about the exhibit or look at the dioramas (below).
Late Archaic hunters and gathers
Middle Woodland gardeners
Historic Kickapoo People
Displays of Ice Age AnimalsMounted Mastodon Skeleton
Mounted Peccary Skeleton
A Place For DiscoveryA hands-on gallery that includes changing art, anthropology, and natural history exhibits, including living specimens. APFD provides a rich and varied experience where visitors can listen to birds and other sounds, hold ancient American Indian tools, examine butterflies, snake skins and seashells under a microscope, assemble skeletons, and observe living animals.
Visit APFD via QuickTime Virtual Reality (page contains 220k embedded QTVR panorama)
Exploring the World
Watching the turtle
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