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  Visitor Information for ISM Museums and Galleries   

The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and caring about Illinois' cultural and natural resources and 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 headquartered in Springfield with branch facilities throughout the state.  Use the links to the side to find information about current and upcoming exhibits, public programs, and other events at all of the Museum’s sites.

Come to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum!

The Play Museum is a free children's area at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield. Load a jeep; crawl through a cave; dig for fossils; put together a baby mastodont puzzle; frame art; explore collections of fossils, insects, artifacts; and toys; and play museum! The Play Museum is designed for children ages 3-10 and their families.  Hours are Tuesday-Saturday (10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 to 4:30 p.m.). The Play Museum is closed on Mondays.

Play Museum Teacher Kits

ANNOUNCING: A new, exciting resource for teachers from the Illinois State Museum!
Thanks to a grant from the Susan Cook House Educational Trust, teachers of grades preK-4 may borrow a Play Museum Outreach Kit free of charge. The easy-to-use, light weight kits were created to help educators and their students get the most out of a field trip visit to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum.




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  Proud Raven Totem Pole   

Proud Raven Totem Pole, Courtesy KTUU TV

The Proud Raven totem pole, with the image of Honest Abe on top, was carved in Tongass Village in Southeast Alaska sometime in the early 1880s. A fiberglass reproduction was produced in the late 1960s and is on display at the entrance to the Illinois State Museum. But in the Illinois State Museum Research and Collection Center, sits another older reproduction. You can learn more from this video, and also at the KTUU TV web site.

Courtesy of KTUU TV, Anchorage, Alaska. Video clip © Copyright 2010 WorldNow and KTUU

  ISM Research & Collections Center   

ISM Research & Collections Center
The RCC is located on 10 1/2th Street, at 1011 E. Ash Street, Springfield, IL 62703.

General Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The entrance is just north of Ash Street on 10 1/2th Street. Facility only open to the public for educational programs and by appointment.

1011 East Ash Street
Springfield, IL
Phone: 217-785-0037

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