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Welcome to the Illinois State Museum

Visitors to the main museum in Springfield are treated to world renowned natural history exhibits and a wonderful view of the arts within and beyond Illinois' borders. Educational programs, films, and special events enhance the changing exhibitions.

Come and Explore...Natural history, family life, Native American heritage, the arts, and more. Marvel at the strange and intriguing species that once inhabited Illinois.

Explore 500 million years of environmental change.

See thousands of authenic fossils, natural history specimens, and American Indian artifacts.

View diverse collections of contemporary and historic Illinois art showcased in our changing art exhibitions.

Immerse yourself in the dramatic changes in household life in Illinois over the past 300 years.

The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum

Come play in our interactive children's gallery! Designed for children ages 3-10, kids learn through play what it's like to work at a museum.


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

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Future Events & Exhibits

You will be able to learn about upcoming events and exhibits by visiting the Illinois State Museum events and exhibitions pages.

You can also learn about other events and exhibits from the ISM Research and Collections pages.


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