Upcoming Events

The Illinois State Museum offers a wide range of public programs throughout the year for all ages. Most events are free with admission to the Museum. Please see the event listings for details.

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All ISM Events
History Happy Hour Logo
Oct 28 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Get a drink at Anvil & Forge and stay to hear stories of some unique murderers of Illinois in the first installment of History Happy Hour.
Your Creative Nature Logo
Nov 6 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Humans and nature are tied together. Explore how nature and humans affect each other, all inspired by our art exhibit Human|Nature.

Illinois State Museum Online Events

Oct 26 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Join History Curator Erika Holst to learn about historic clothing through the lens of an 1800s women's lifespan.
Peccary Skull
Nov 4 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Many people find caves to be exciting destinations for exploration and recreation, but did you know that they can be excellent places to find fossils?
Mary Lincoln sitting, wearing a dress with flowers on it, black and white photo.
Nov 4 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Once Mary Lincoln became a public figure, many men have sought to label her, define her, and defame her. Join in this panel discussion with three female historians as we hold an empathetic, evidence-based discussion about Mary Lincoln.