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UPDATE: IDNR Press Release
llinois State Museum Will Re-Launch July 2 SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that the Illinois State Museum will re-launch Saturday, July 2, 2016 pending approval of the administrative rule that will allow the Department to charge an admission fee at the main museum campus.
The administrative rule is on the agenda for the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meeting to be held June 14. With approval, the museum will be able to open about two weeks later. Initially, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield will officially open July 2. 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.
“IDNR has been working steadily through the JCAR process to establish the administrative rule to set an admission fee,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “By setting the admission fee, working closely with the Illinois State Museum Board and Illinois State Museum Society, we feel we are setting the Museum on a more sustainable path for the future.”
The administrative rule authorizes the Department to establish an admission fee for the Springfield campus of $5 for adults. Children under 18, 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.
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The Southern Illinois Art Gallery is the primary exhibition space of the Illinois State Museum (ISM) in southern Illinois and is located in the same facility with the Southern Illinois Artisans Shop.
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.
The Southern Illinois Art Gallery serves as a point of origin for programs that promote southern Illinois artists to a statewide audience through exhibitions and educational programs that travel throughout the Illinois State Museum System. For further details, please click "Visitor Information" on the menu to the left.
You will be able to learn about upcoming events and exhibits by visiting the Southern Illinois Artisans Shop events and exhibitions pages.
You can also learn about other events and exhibits from the ISM Art Section.