Illinois State Museum Upcoming Events

The Illinois State Museum offers a wide range of public programs throughout the year at all of its facilities. Most events are free to the public, though some at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield may require paying admission to the Museum. Click on the event listing for details.

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Illinois State Museum Events

ISM-Research & Collections Center

ISM-Dickson Mounds

ISM-Lockport Gallery

Online Events
Curiosity Week Logo
Sep 18 2021 (All day) to Sep 24 2021 (All day)
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Get curious at the Illinois State Museum this fall with Curiosity Week. The week will kick off with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day and end with the opening of a new family art exhibit.
Image is of black necked-stilt standing on the shore. Credit: Illinois River NWR-Chautauqua Staff
Sep 25 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Dickson Mounds, Lewistown
Dickson Mounds is encouraging families to get outside and view shorebirds!
factory workers
Sep 29 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Join Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois professor and author of Global Heartland, as she explores the global dynamics that lead displaced populations to places like Beardstown, where they work in these necessary and often dangerous occupations.