Illinois State Museum

Springfield, IL

Where are we going?

Illinois State Museum
502 South Spring Street Springfield
IL 62701

217 782-7386

What is there to do?

The rich history of Illinois comes to life at the Illinois State Museum, filled with permanent and temporary exhibits that promote discovery, and tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois.

It's a way to spend the day with the family, enjoying an appreciation of Illinois' natural, cultural, and artistic heritage!

Kids can listen to the stories of real people who once called Illinois home in the At Home in the Heartland, and everyone can immerse themselves in the dramatic changes in household life over the past three centuries!

How different was life 300 years ago in the home to your life today? It's great for kids to see!

You can see, hear and touch Illinois' natural history through the engaging hands-on interactive displays, and thousands of authentic fossils! Did you know that such creatures once inhabited the region?

Explore the people of the past with life-sized dioramas and finely crafted artifacts as the rich Native American heritage comes to life, and yes kids - there is a place to play too!

The Play Museum is a free entry kids area where you can load a jeep, crawl through a cave, complete a baby mastodont puzzle, and even dig for fossils!

With collections of insects, artifacts, toys and more to enjoy, the play area is always popular with those curious kids before more exploration of the exhibits!

Did you know that the state of Illinois was so exciting and fascinating? Just wait until you uncover even MORE when you visit!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $5

Children: Free

Discount: Veterans & Museum members free


Need a little extra help?

The museum and restrooms are accessible, and strollers are available for visitor use


When can we go?

9am - 4:30pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 4:30pm Sunday

Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day.


Any top tips?

You can have a birthday party at the museum! Parties include the use of a private room, admission for guests, a scavenger hunt, and more!

I’m Hungry!

The Museum does not have food or eating facilities and no food or drink (and gum!) is permitted in the museum, so grab something in the area before or after your visit! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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