Exhibitions

The Illinois State Museum's extensive collections can be seen in both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Permanent exhibitions are always available, while temporary exhibitions rotate every few months.


Permanent
At Home in the Heartland Exhibit at ISM Springfield.
Listen to the stories of real people who lived in Illinois. Immerse yourself in the dramatic changes in household life over the past 300 years.
ISM Changes Exhibit
At Changes visitors will see, hear, and touch Illinois’ natural history through engaging hands-on interactive displays, audio and video effects, thousands of authentic fossils, and more. Marvel at all the strange and intriguing species that once inhabited Illinois through a multitude of life-size dioramas.
Peoples of the Past Exhibit at ISM Springfield.
Life-sized dioramas and finely crafted artifacts bring to life Illinois' rich Native American heritage.

Temporary
Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection.
This interactive exhibition is an examination of the intertwined history of two of Chicago’s greatest exports: pinball and imagist painting.
Dogs were the first domesticated species and have been human companions for over 16,000 years.