Plan a Field Trip

PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois State Museum is not offering onsite field trips at this time. Groups are limited to 10 people with 1 adult for every 5 children. See our Visitor Information Page for the latest details and reservations. Please visit our Educator’s Webpage for virtual exhibits, activities, and resources. Our Family Fun Site also offers activities that can be adapted to the classroom.  We also have a variety of online resources designed for K-12 teachers that covers a variety of subjects.

To plan a field trip, simply choose an experience, and use the contact information to schedule your trips. If you have questions, contact Lorna Shuman at Lorna.Shuman@illinois.gov or (217) 782-0061.

Field Trip Details:
Costs

  • Admission is $5 for adults ages 19-64. Youth, seniors, veterans, military personnel, and Illinois State Museum Society members are free.
  • Teachers are free, and one adult chaperone is free with every 10 students.
  • If you are an educator with students over age 18, please complete and submit this form for free student admission to Karen Everyingham. The form must be signed by the educator and on file with the Museum ahead of the field trip. Students attending on their own as part of a project, must present a copy of the pass. 
  • Department of Natural Resources Biodiversity Field Trip Grants are availabe to support the costs of your field trip.

Step1: Choose Your Experience

  • Option A: Self-guided Field Trip
    The Museum’s exhibits are designed for self-discovery. All self-guided tours are booked through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Option B: Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum and Self-guided Field Trip
    Groups can reserve the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum, the Museum’s children’s exhibit, for 30-minute sessions. If you would like to include a Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum reservation in your trip, please contact the Museum directly rather than the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum cannot be reserved in April or May due to the increased volume of school groups visiting the Museum. It cannot be reserved on Tuesdays or Wednesdays in June and July due to the Summer Film Fest.
  • Option C: Educator Led Programs
    The Museum offers guided programs depending on staff availability. To view topics, click here. To learn more and to schedule a program, please contact, Lorna Shuman by email at lorna.shuman@illinois.gov or phone at 217-782-0061.

Step 2: Schedule Your Visit
Decide on your dates, gather your information, and click the link above for information on how to schedule your field trip.

Step 3: Prepare for Your Visit
Decide on your dates, gather your information, and click the link above for information on how to schedule your field trip.

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Illinois State Museum Children's Program.


1. Choose Your Experience

2. Schedule Your Visit

3. Prepare for Your Visit