Welcome to the Illinois State Museum
The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic 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.
You can find out more about our permanent and changing exhibits on the Exhibits page.
- The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum
- “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw Find out more ...