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Springfield - Illinois State Museum

502 South Spring Street

Mission Statement

The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, lifelong learning, and stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Illinois. The Museum integrates its original research and diverse collections to advance knowledge and create thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs and resources. These offerings engage people of all ages in their own discovery and lifelong learning about the natural and cultural heritage of Illinois and its place within the world. The Museum promotes stewardship of this heritage to improve quality of life and ensure a sustainable future.


Donald Kren

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Friendly staff. Kids 3 to 12 love the kids room in the basement and the time capsule exhibits. The geological area is very engaging for all ages. I remember the native Indian exhibits upstairs from when I was in grade school 40 years ago, so they seem dated to me, but still informative. If you don't mind the walk, there is free parking available at the capital visitors center a block and a half due west.

Carly Siriann

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
The Illinois State Museum is full of interactive, exhibits that include swipe cards, pull out drawers, videos and listening to facts on a telephone. The exhibits are well maintained. Each area has a unique element: the history of the land floor, the native American area, the modern art, the displays full of antiques and the kids play area in the basement. There are also interactive video screens that show artifacts and teach about the artifacts. The cost is only 5 dollars per person 19 to 64. This is a Springfield, IL must see!

Molly Moss

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
We like taking the kids here on rainy days. They have a nice play area in the basement and a rotating display on the top floor. Inexpensive and educational fun!

Môrgan Prestage Weir

Friday, April 13, 2018
A bit small, but the children's activity area looked fun for grade school aged children and the Illinois history was fascinating!

Jacque Bursott

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Curious about the geographical history of Illinois? Want to see gorgeous displays featuring Illinois wildlife and rocks? A wonderful museum for the entire family. 3 floors of exhibits with a lower level designed especially for children. Museum pricing reasonable - $5 for adults with other pricing for children and seniors. Handicap accessible throughout. Beautifully maintained facility. One of Springfield/ Illinois best kept museums. Plan a trip you won't be disappointed.

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