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Visitor Information

Visitors to the main museum in Springfield are treated to world renowned natural history exhibits and a wonderful view of the arts within and beyond Illinois' borders. Educational programs, films, and special events enhance the changing exhibitions.

For more information about Springfield, contact the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Illinois State Museum: Relaunch July 2, 2016

Visitor Amenities

  • All restrooms are accessible and include changing tables.
  • A coat room, wheelchairs, and strollers are available for visitor use.
  • Facility is available for hosting birthday parties. 


  • No food, beverages, gum or candy are allowed in the museum.
  • Backpacks are not allowed in the galleries and strollers are not allowed in the Play Museum gallery.
  • Photographs may be taken in all areas except the Art Gallery (depending on the exhibition).
  • The Museum does not have food or eating facilities.

Illinois State Museum-Springfield
502 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-7386

Museum Hours
Mon-Sat: 9-4:30, Sun: 12-4:30
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Mary Ann MacLean
Play Museum Hours
Mon-Sat: 10-4, Sun: 1-4:30

Adults (19-64) $5.00
Children Free
Seniors & Veterans Free
Museum Society Members Free