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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.

Museums for All     Blue Star Museum

To ensure everyone can visit the Illinois State Museum, we participate in the Museums for All and Blue Star Museum programs.


  • 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 except the Art Gallery (depending on the exhibition).
  • The Museum does not have food or eating facilities. 

Visitor Amenities

  • All restrooms are accessible and include changing tables.
  • A coat room, wheelchairs, and strollers are available for visitor use.
Illinois State Museum-Springfield
502 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-7386


Museum Hours

Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum Hours

Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 

Sunday: Noon - 3:30 p.m.

Information: (217)782-0979

Admission: Free