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Visitor Information - Illinois State Museum, Springfield

  Visitor Information for Illinois State Museum, Springfield   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               June 15, 2016  

CONTACT:      Chris Young  (217) 557-1240  

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.


Check back regularly for updates or e-mail Thank you for your support.


For more information about Springfield, contact the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

502 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706-5000
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.
Contact Information
Telephone: (217)782-7386
FAX: (217)782-1254
Free parking in the State Capitol Complex Visitors Center Lot one block west of the Museum. Metered street parking. Free parking on weekends in nearby State employee parking lots. Fully wheelchair accessible.
Located at the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets, the ISM is in the Capitol Complex, just south of the State Capitol.
Location on MapQuest.
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Visitor Information


$5 for adults. Children 0-18, Seniors 65+, and military & veterans free.

Play Museum Hours: (different than the regular Museum hours)

Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm
Sunday from 1pm-4:30
Monday Closed

Bus Information

Bus unloading and pickup is on westbound Edwards Street in front of the Museum. Bus parking is available in the Visitor Center Parking Area accessed by Edwards Street.

Visitor Guide

  • No food, beverages, gum or candy are allowed in the museum.
  • Backpacks are not allowed in the galleries and strollers are not allowed in the Play Museum gallery.
  • A coat room and wheelchairs are available for visitor use.
  • Photographs may be taken in all areas except the Art Gallery (depending on the exhibition).
  • The Museum does not have food or eating facilities.
  • All restrooms are accessible and include changing tables.

Group Guide

  • In addition to the items above, groups should check in with the receptionist upon arrival.
  • Adult chaperones are required to stay with their youth groups at all times.
  • Please bring at least one adult for every ten members of your youth group.

  Proud Raven Totem Pole   

Proud Raven Totem Pole, Courtesy KTUU TV

The Proud Raven totem pole, with the image of Honest Abe on top, was carved in Tongass Village in Southeast Alaska sometime in the early 1880s. A fiberglass reproduction was produced in the late 1960s and is on display at the entrance to the Illinois State Museum. But in the Illinois State Museum Research and Collection Center, sits another older reproduction. You can learn more from this video, and also at the KTUU TV web site.

Courtesy of KTUU TV, Anchorage, Alaska. Video clip © Copyright 2010 WorldNow and KTUU

  ISM Research & Collections Center   

ISM Research & Collections Center
The RCC is located on 10 1/2th Street, at 1011 E. Ash Street, Springfield, IL 62703.

General Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The entrance is just north of Ash Street on 10 1/2th Street. Facility only open to the public for educational programs and by appointment.

1011 East Ash Street
Springfield, IL
Phone: 217-785-0037

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