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Illinois State Museum
Rend Lake


We regret that all Illinois State Museum facilities are closed to the public until further notice. In the interim, please take advantage of the educational resources available here. Check back regularly for updates or e-mail Thank you for your patience.

This expansive 15,000 square foot facility houses the Artisans Shop and the Southern Illinois Art Gallery where many arts and craft traditions are showcased. Admission is FREE.

The Southern Illinois Artisans Shop features the fine craft of over 850 juried Illinois artisans. Here visitors can find the best selection of Illinois craft. The Shop is also a venue for artisan workshops, demonstrations and seasonal festivals. 

The Illinois Artisans Member Exhibitions Space in the Artisans Shop offers changing exhibits by established members of the Illinois Artisans Program. Receptions for the artists are held in the Member’s Exhibition Space bi-monthly.  For further details, please click on "Visitor Information" in the menu to the left. 

The Southern Illinois Art Gallery ISM's Southern Illinois Art Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to view changing exhibitions of the work of Illinois artists, past and present. Exhibitions also bring treasures from the fine art, decorative art, and ethnographic collections of the Illinois State Museum to southern Illinois. Changing exhibitions are organized by the curatorial staff of the ISM Art Section. 

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14967 Gun Creek Trail
Whittington, IL 62897-1000
Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M-5:00 P.M. Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
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Telephone: (618) 629-2220
Free parking available Wheelchair Accessible
Located 6 miles north of Benton, IL on I-57, just west of Exit 77 only 90 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri.
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