ISM-Dickson Mounds, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an awe-inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience in the Illinois River Valley. Click here for a copy of the museum's visitor information card.
Visitors to the museum in west-central Illinois encounter innovative interpretive exhibits, archaeological sites, and various special events in a rural setting. In addition, the museum has a variety of other visitor use facilities on the museum grounds, including an outdoor stage, picnic grounds with a shelter, playground, restrooms, and restored prairie. Seasonally available exhibits on the grounds are located at a restored 1850 era plank road tollbooth and at the Eveland Village, where visitors may view the excavated remains of three early Indian buildings. Click here for a guide to the museum and grounds.
Also available for public use during daylight hours are a series of walking trails leading through the museum's 235-acre grounds. Pick up a trail guide at the museum or view and print one by clicking here. A mobile device version of the trail map is available here.
- 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.
- Visitors are asked to distance themselves at least 6 feet from those in other parties and to refrain from touching surfaces wherever possible.
- No food, beverages (other than water in a sealed container), gum or candy are allowed in the museum.
- Backpacks are not allowed in the galleries.
- Photographs may be taken in all areas.
- The Museum does not have food or eating facilities.
- Only service animals are allowed in the museum facility.
- All restrooms are accessible and include changing tables.
- A coat room and wheelchairs are available for visitor use.