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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.


Galea Havener

Sunday, July 29, 2018
It's a wonderful place to host events. We have a small group that meets every other Sunday, it's our "Crafternoon". They are chairs and tables if we need them set up. It's such a calming atmosphere to just hang out and socialize.

Linda pruitt

Saturday, June 2, 2018
A great place to visit. Small enough to do in 2 hours. Big enough to keep you entertained. I enjoy the main floor exhibits. The Upper Floor has changing exhibits sometimes they're interesting sometimes not.

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.

American Bull Terrier

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The jerk of a governor shut it down to save money, but there was a big outcry so he had it remodeled and reopened it. Now it has no gift shop. I like it much less than I did, though it has some nice exhibits.

Jeremy Schultz

Sunday, July 1, 2018
A nice classic style state museum with winding exhibit rooms stuffed many details of life in Illinois. It feels stuck in time from when it opened.

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