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Current Exhibits

Springfield | Dickson Mounds | Chicago | Lockport | Southern Illinois Artisans Shop & Gallery

  Now on Exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield   

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Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments
Did you know that Illinois was once located south of the Equator? Or that Illinois was once a tropical sea teeming with marine life? Ever wonder what life was like in Illinois millions of years ago? Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments allows visitors to travel into the past to see how Illinois has changed and how it continues to change today. Find out more ...



At Home in the Heartland
Listen to the stories of real people who lived in Illinois. Immerse yourself in the dramatic changes in household life over the past 300 years. Find out more ...



Peoples of the Past
Life-sized dioramas and finely crafted artifacts bring to life Illinois' rich Native American heritage. Find out more ...



Anthropology Exhibit
These case exhibits focus on archaeological and ethnographic topics and artifacts such as Native American pottery, basketry, weavings, weapons, and tools. Find out more ...



The Morton D. Barker Paperweight Collection

Over the course of twenty years, Morton D. Barker (1888-1967) of Springfield, Illinois, amassed a large and prestigious collection of paperweights, most of which were created in post-Napoleonic era France. Find out more ...



The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum
The Play Museum is a free children's area at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield. Hours are Monday-Saturday (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.). Find out more ...



  Changing Exhibits at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield   

Fragile Relations: Art, Nature and Environment -- March 23, 2014 to August 31, 2014

Fragile Relations highlights the work of fourteen Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment and show diverse ways of perceiving and experiencing the world. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from March 23, 2014 to August 31, 2014

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.



temporary/PERMANENT Gallery -- March 02, 2014 to April 27, 2014

Recent Acquisitions
March 2 — April 27, 2014

This exhibition features a small sampling of the many recent additions to the collection of fine and decorative arts. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from March 02, 2014 to April 27, 2014

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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Find out more about future exhibits at Illinois State Museum, Springfield...

  Exhibits coming soon to the Illinois State Museum, Springfield   

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  Now on Exhibit at the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum   

The River Valley Gallery
The River Valley Gallery explores the character of the Illinois River and traces the interaction between the river and the people who lived along it from the end of the Ice Age to the present day. Find out more ...



People of the Valley
People of the Valley portrays a sequence of cultures -- from Ice-Age hunters to the tribal groups that left Illinois in the 19th century -- through artifacts, murals, photographs, and exciting hands-on exhibits. Find out more ...



Reflections on Three Worlds
Reflections on Three Worlds reveals the world of Mississippian people whose 800-year-old sites surround the museum today. The exhibits depict the complex life and culture of these people, trace in detail the evidence of archaeology, and lead to a spectacular multimedia event that takes one through a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, symbols, music and voices of the three worlds of Mississippian belief.rn Find out more ...



Eveland Village
The Museum Grounds - 230 acres that include a scenic picnic area and playground, and the Eveland Village, where the excavated remains of three early Indian buildings are preserved for viewing. Find out more ...



  Changing Exhibits at the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum   

From Humble Beginnings: Lincoln's Illinois 1830-1861 -- January 01, 2014 to July 30, 2014

To commemorate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth the Illinois State Museum presents a captivating perspective of the Illinois Lincoln called home through objects and stories of the people who lived here. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum from January 01, 2014 to July 30, 2014

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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Find out more about future exhibits at ISM Dickson Mounds Museum...

  Exhibits coming soon to the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum   

The next changing exhibit has not yet been scheduled, please check back.

The transitional exhibits are being changed, check back for exhibits coming soon to the ISM Lockport Gallery

  Exhibits coming soon to the ISM Lockport Gallery   

Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois -- Opening May 06, 2014

This exhibition presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War by uncovering the fascinating stories of Illinois women who rigorously supported their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends from the home front. Find out more ...

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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The Art of Description -- Opening November 05, 2014

The Art of Description addresses how artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point, evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. Find out more ...

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  Changing Exhibits at the Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center   

The Urge to Embellish -- January 01, 2014 to May 25, 2014

The Urge to Embellish gives visitors the opportunity to view an eclectic array of new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the Illinois State Museum Collection made predominantly by non-professional artists. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center from January 01, 2014 to May 25, 2014

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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Find out more about future exhibits at Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center...

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  Changing Exhibits at the ISM Chicago Gallery & Illinois Artisans, Chicago   

Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions -- April 14, 2014 to August 15, 2014

Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions is an ongoing program that highlights work by accomplished artists in four separate exhibits. The artists are selected by four fine arts curators from various sites of the state-wide Illinois State Museum system. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Chicago Gallery from April 14, 2014 to August 15, 2014

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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Find out more about future exhibits at ISM Chicago Gallery & Illinois Artisans, Chicago...

  Exhibits coming soon to the ISM Chicago Gallery & Illinois Artisans, Chicago   

The next changing exhibit has not yet been scheduled, please check back.

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