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

Research & Collections Center Events

Dickson Mounds Events

Lockport Gallery Events
Starry night
Feb 1 2020 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
The moon and stars are iconic of the night sky. Not only do they provide light to break the darkness, they also are used to tell stories and navigate the unknown.
three junior collectors with their collections
Feb 1 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Come and see the collections of local children and teens on display at the Museum and hear the story behind each treasure.
James Stanlaw, Professor of Anthropology, Illinois State University
Feb 5 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
The mandolin orchestra was very popular at the turn of the 20th century. This presentation and demonstration will be about its rise and fall—and rise again—in popularity, as well as the Illinois roots of musical virtuoso and acoustic engineer, Lloyd Loar.