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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   

Hot Science Gallery: The Science of Extinction -- April 10, 2015 to September 10, 2015

The elephant in the room is that one day, if we aren’t careful, the elephant will never be in the room again. Extinction is forever – at least for now. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from April 10, 2015 to September 10, 2015

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



Spectrum: Selections from Fine and Decorative Arts -- August 14, 2015 to September 25, 2015

Opening August 14, 2015 through September 25, 2015
Illinois State Museum
Second Floor Art Galleries

New Exhibition Open at the Illinois State Museum Springfield Gallery. The Spectrum exhibition features a sampling of the broad range of art and artifacts found in the Illinois State Museum’s collections of fine and decorative art. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from August 14, 2015 to September 25, 2015

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



temporary | PERMANENT Gallery: Pro-Text Additions from the Collection -- May 24, 2015 to September 18, 2015

This exhibition features visual art from the ISM Fine Art Collection. From academically trained artists producing modern and contemporary art to self-taught intuitive creatives that carry on folk art traditions, this show includes virtually every media imaginable including: paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and mixed media works.

Curated by Robert Sill, Illinois State Museum
Exhibit open May 24, 2015 until September 18, 2015

The temporary|PERMANENT gallery on the second floor is devoted to sharing the riches held in the Illinois State Museum Collection and the associated research generated by our curatorial staff. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from May 24, 2015 to September 18, 2015

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



Find out more about future exhibits at 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 ...



The transitional exhibits are being changed, check back for exhibits coming soon to the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum

  Exhibits coming soon to the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum   

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  Changing Exhibits at the ISM Lockport Gallery   

The People's Exhibition -- July 30, 2015 to September 27, 2015

On Saturday, July 25, 2015, a “Call for Artists” went out to the general public. By Monday, July 27 at 2:00pm 125 Illinois artists responded with over 250 works of Art.
Please join us Friday, July 31, 2015, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for the launch of

THE PEOPLE’S EXHIBITION

With sincere gratitude to our sponsors:
The City of Lockport, Illinois
Mayor and Mrs. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Lockport Gallery from July 30, 2015 to September 27, 2015

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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Find out more about future exhibits at ISM Lockport Gallery...

  Exhibits coming soon to the ISM Lockport Gallery   

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 Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center

  Exhibits coming soon to the Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center   

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

30/30: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the James R. Thompson Center -- August 20, 2015 to September 25, 2015

Exhibition dates: August 20, 2015- September 25, 2015
Contact: Doug Stapleton at dstapleston@museum.state.il.us

On view in the Illinois State Museum Chicago gallery are 30 artworks by Illinois artists from the
permanent collection of the James R. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Chicago Gallery from August 20, 2015 to September 25, 2015

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



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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