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New! Museum Family Passport Program at Illinois State Museum May 27 - August 18

  New! Museum Family Passport Program at Illinois State Museum May 27 - August 18   

CONTACT: Elizabeth Bazan    
TTY: 217-782-9175


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Museum is launching a fun new program to encourage families to visit often this summer. Children are invited to travel to the tropical seas of 300 million years ago, an 800 year-old American Indian village, a 1950s rec room, and more. Starting Memorial Day (Monday, May 27), children can receive a Museum Passport to guide them in their Museum adventures.

Every two weeks, a new passport search activity (recommended for elementary-school aged children) will be available. Each search will explore a different Illinois State Museum exhibition. The first one will feature Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments, the Museum’s natural history hall.

Upon completion of a passport search activity, participants will receive a “stamp” for their passport and an entry in a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to the Museum Store. Drawings will be held every two weeks throughout the summer (one entry per two-week period per child).

The Illinois State Museum is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to discover and care about Illinois’ natural and cultural resources and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street (the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets) in Springfield, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is free.  Parking is available nearby, and the building is ADA accessible.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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