ISM Museums and Galleries
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2016
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Illinois State Museum to Welcome Visitors on July 2
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will reopen to the public on July 2 after the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved a request by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to charge an admission fee. The museum will once again welcome visitors from across the state to learn about the history, people, land, art and culture of Illinois.
“We are excited to welcome the public back to the Illinois State Museum,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “The Illinois State Museum is the best place in Illinois for families from around the state and around the world to explore the rich history of our state.”
This week, JCAR approved a rule authorizing the IDNR to establish an adult admission fee of $5.00 for the museum’s main campus in Springfield. Children age 18 and under, 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.
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield, the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum in Fulton Co., and the ISM Research and Collections Center in Springfield will officially reopen on July 2.
Special activities are planned and unique artifacts from the museum’s collections will be on display at the museum, located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield. Additional special events will be held at the museum on select weekends during the summer.
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.
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The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and caring about Illinois' cultural and natural resources and 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.
Come to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum!
The Play Museum is a free children's area at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield. Load a jeep; crawl through a cave; dig for fossils; put together a baby mastodont puzzle; frame art; explore collections of fossils, insects, artifacts; and toys; and play museum! The Play Museum is designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday (10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 to 4:30 p.m.). The Play Museum is closed on Mondays.
Play Museum Teacher Kits
ANNOUNCING: A new, exciting resource for teachers from the Illinois State Museum!
Thanks to a grant from the Susan Cook House Educational Trust, teachers of grades preK-4 may borrow a Play Museum Outreach Kit free of charge. The easy-to-use, light weight kits were created to help educators and their students get the most out of a field trip visit to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum.
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- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
General Hours: Mon- Sat 9:00AM-4:30PM; Sun. Noon-4:30PM; (Play Museum Tues.-Sat. 10:00AM-4:30PM, Sun 1:00-4:30PM, Closed Mon) Museum Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Located at the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets, the ISM is in the Capitol Complex, just south of the State Capitol.For more visitor information go to: http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/main/geninfo.html
502 South Spring Street
- ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
General Hours: Daily 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
60 Miles northwest of Springfield, Routes 78 and 97For more visitor information go to: http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/geninfo.html
10956 North Dickson Mounds Road
- ISM Lockport Gallery
General Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sundays, Noon - 5:00 PM. Closed Saturdays and state holidays. Galleries closed during exhibit changes.
Located 35 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop, one block from the crossroads of IL Routes 7 and 171 in historic downtown LockportFor more visitor information go to: http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/lockport/geninfo.html
201 West 10th Street
- Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
General Hours: Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M-5:00 P.M. Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Located 6 miles north of Benton, IL on I-57, just west of Exit 77 only 90 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri.For more visitor information go to: http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/so-il/geninfo.html
14967 Gun Creek Trail
Phone: (618) 629-2220
- ISM Chicago Gallery & Illinois Artisans, Chicago
General Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 PM
Located on the second floor of the James R. Thompson Center in downtown ChicagoFor more visitor information go to: http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/chicago/geninfo.html
James R. Thompson Center