Visitors to Dickson Mounds Museum's more than 15,000 square feet of exhibits discover many different ways of interpreting the past, including innovative displays of artifacts, arts, and archaeology; exciting hands-on activities; and multi-media presentations.

The River Valley Gallery at Dickson Mounds Musem
Explore the character of the Illinois River and trace the interaction between the river and the people who lived along it from the end of the Ice Age to the present day.
People of the Valley Exhibit
People of the Valley portrays a sequence of cultures -- from Ice-Age hunters to the tribal groups that left Illinois in the 19th century -- through artifacts, murals, photographs, and exciting hands-on exhibits.
Reflections on Three Worlds Presentation
Explore the world of Mississippian people whose 800-year-old sites surround the museum today.


Selections from the Works Progress Administration Collection of the Illinois State Museum


This exhibition features paintings, prints, and photography made under the Federal Art Project (FAP) from the Illinois State Museum’s permanent collection. The FAP supported out-of-work artists during the Great Depression (1929-1939) with commissions and relief programs. The Project encouraged artists to portray the hopes and hardships of American life, giving voice and inspiration to a struggling nation during one of its darkest periods.