Plan a Field Trip - Step 1:Choose Your Experience

Choose your experience from the options listed below. Click “2: Schedule your visit” for the information needed to schedule your trip.

Option A: Self-guided field trip
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. It is recommended that you begin your tour before 3:30 p.m. as the Museum closes at 4:30 p.m.
Grades: All grades
The Museum exhibits are designed for self-guided discovery. Self-guided tours can be led by the classroom teacher or chaperones. It is recommended that field trips last 45 to 90 minutes. Self-guided tours are scheduled through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau website. Please visit this page to schedule your self-guided trip.

Option B: Play Museum and Self-guided field trip
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grades: PreK-Grade 4
Capacity: 30 children plus chaperones
The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum, the Museum’s children’s exhibition, is an excellent resource for learning through play. Groups grades 4 and younger may reserve a 30 minute session in the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum as part of their self-guided experience. During the reserved time, other school/youth groups will not be permitted to enter the exhibit. Self-guided tours with scheduled time in the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum can be booked by contacting the Museum directly. Contact Elizabeth Bazan by email at or (217) 558-6696.

Option C: Educator-Led Programs
The Museum is not offering educator-led programs at this time. Please check this page when planning your next visit to see current offerings.

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Illinois State Museum Children's Program.

1. Choose Your Experience

2. Schedule Your Visit

3. Prepare for Your Visit