The Research and Collections Center is a 97,000 square-foot facility dedicated to collections care, research, and education. It is a bank that holds over 13.5 million objects as an investment for the future. The RCC houses the vast collections that range in size from the microscopic pollen grains to colossal mastodon fossils. Within its walls, the Illinois State Museum's mission of collecting, studying, and interpreting objects that represent the natural history, anthropology, and art of Illinois is fulfilled. It provides state-of-the-art space to care for and study collections, as well as laboratories and special program spaces for Museum scientists, artists, and educators.
Visits to the RCC must be prearranged. Please call to schedule a visit.
In order to promote the safety of our visitors, and in compliance with State guidelines, 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 before entry.
At this time the ISM is developing a human remains policy and we anticipate board review and approval in 2021. This policy will provide guidance for research requests and demonstrate a sustained commitment to the return of Indigenous ancestors under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Research requests that impact NAGPRA-eligible individuals and objects will be deferred until a policy is in place. This includes, but is not limited to, requests to conduct destructive analysis, to publish results from analysis of NAGPRA-subject materials, and for photos and drawings of burials. We anticipate receiving additional, culturally-sensitive requests and those will be handled on a case-by-case basis until a policy is in place.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00-4
By Appointment Only
Closed: All State holidays.