Please note: The Illinois State Museum has temporarily closed its second-floor archaeology exhibitions at its Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, Illinois. All other aspects of Dickson Mounds’ exhibitions, programs, and grounds remain open and active. The Museum’s lobby, Discovery Center, third-floor gallery, and observation deck are open to visitors. Read more at http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/illinois-state-museum-temporarily-closes-archaeology-exhibits-dickson-mounds.
ISM-Dickson Mounds, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an awe-inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience in the Illinois River Valley. Click here for a copy of the museum's visitor information card.
Visitors to the museum in west-central Illinois encounter innovative interpretive exhibits, archaeological sites, and various special events in a rural setting. In addition, the museum has a variety of other visitor use facilities on the museum grounds, including an outdoor stage, picnic grounds with a shelter, playground, restrooms, and restored prairie. Seasonally available exhibits on the grounds are located at a restored 1850 era plank road tollbooth and at the Eveland Village, where visitors may view the excavated remains of three early Indian buildings. Click here for a guide to the museum and grounds.
Also available for public use during daylight hours are a series of walking trails leading through the museum's 235-acre grounds. Pick up a trail guide at the museum or view and print one by clicking here. A mobile device version of the trail map is available here.
- All visitors (over age two who can medically tolerate a mask) will be required to wear a face covering at all times. All masks must be made from a solid material, preferably with more than one layer, and cannot have exhalation valves or vents.
- All visitors have their temperature taken (contactless) and answer a few health questions.
- Visitors are asked to distance themselves at least 6 feet from those in other parties and to refrain from touching surfaces wherever possible.
- No food, beverages (other than water in a sealed container), gum or candy are allowed in the museum.
- Backpacks are not allowed in the galleries.
- Photographs may be taken in all areas.
- The Museum does not have food or eating facilities.
- Only service animals are allowed in the museum facility.
- All restrooms are accessible and include changing tables.
- A coat room and wheelchairs are available for visitor use.