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Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art posted February 20, 2015
For more information contact: Jennifer Snopko, Sill, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2015, Springfield, IL Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art New Exhibition Opening at the Illinois State Museum Springfield Gallery. Read more ...

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The Results of the 2014/2015 Springfield Christmas Bird Count: What are the birds telling us? posted January 20, 2015
Springfield’s 80th Christmas Bird Count was compiled by Illinois State Museum zoologist H. David Bohlen. Twenty-five observers, including Bohlen, weathered cold, wind, and snow showers from 5AM-8PM on January 4, 2015 to complete the count. Read more ...

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Illinois State Museum Kicks Off 3rd Year of Story Time Programs posted January 12, 2015
A group of three to five year olds are gathered on a brightly-colored rug. They listen to picture books, sing songs composed and performed by singer-songwriter Amy Benton, play games, and take a closer look at objects rarely seen by the public. Read more ...

  Press Information -- Illinois State Museum, Springfield   

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. Admission is FREE.

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

502 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706-5000
Mon- Sat 8:30AM-5:00PM; Sun. Noon-5:00PM; (Play Museum Mon.-Sat. 9:30AM-4:00PM, Sun 1:00-5:00PM) 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.
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Visitor Information

Museum Store: Monday-Saturday, 10AM - 5PM; Sunday, Noon - 5PM

Play Museum Hours: (different than the regular Museum hours)
Monday - Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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

  • A gift shop is available with a range of items for visitors of all ages.
  • 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.


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