In response to Illinois’ Tier 3 resurgence mitigations, the Illinois State Museum System will temporarily close our flagship facility and Research and Collections Center in Springfield, the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, and the Lockport Gallery effective Friday, November 20, 2020. All locations will remain closed until further notice.
This decision is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our patrons and dedicated staff. We will continue to offer virtual opportunities so you can experience all the Museum has to offer from the safety of your home.
The Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, 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 a variety of 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, picknic grounds with a shelter, playground, restrooms, and restored prairie. Seasonally available exhibits on the grounds are located at an 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.