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UPDATE: IDNR Press Release


llinois State Museum Will Re-Launch July 2 SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that the Illinois State Museum will re-launch Saturday, July 2, 2016 pending approval of the administrative rule that will allow the Department to charge an admission fee at the main museum campus.

The administrative rule is on the agenda for the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meeting to be held June 14. With approval, the museum will be able to open about two weeks later. Initially, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield will officially open July 2. 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.

“IDNR has been working steadily through the JCAR process to establish the administrative rule to set an admission fee,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “By setting the admission fee, working closely with the Illinois State Museum Board and Illinois State Museum Society, we feel we are setting the Museum on a more sustainable path for the future.”

The administrative rule authorizes the Department to establish an admission fee for the Springfield campus of $5 for adults. Children under 18, 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.


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Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery exhibits and promotes the work of contemporary and historical Illinois artists. The changing exhibition schedule presents Illinois art to a statewide as well as a national and international audience. For further details, please click again on "Exhibitions" on the menu to the left. Admission is FREE.

We provide free group tours and special programs upon request. 
Please call 312.814.5322 for an appointment. 



The Illinois Artisans, Chicago 
Established in 1985, was the first shop of its kind in the state, showcasing one of the most diverse collections of handcrafted work in the Midwest. The Shop is located on the 2nd Floor of the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, adjacent to the Illinois ISM Chicago Gallery. For current feature artisan & upcoming events click "Shops & Artisans" here or on the menu to the left.

To learn more about the state wide: Illinois Artisans Program







ISM Chicago Gallery
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
2nd Floor James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph
Chicago, Il 60601 
Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm

Gallery: 312.814.5322
Illinois Artisans: 312.814.5321 



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