Upcoming Events

The Illinois State Museum offers a wide range of public programs throughout the year for all ages. Most events are free with admission to the Museum. Please see the event listings for details.

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All ISM 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.
small cat and little cat chasing a ball
Oct 2 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Unveil the mysteries of the cat and how they make our lives better!

Illinois State Museum Online Events

factory workers
Sep 29 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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.
wooden cradle
Oct 7 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
On average, museums can only exhibit less than 1% of their artifacts. Where is everything else?
Chicago Fire Lithograph by Currier & Ives 1871
Oct 7 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fire was an ever- present threat in 1800s Illinois, a world filled with wooden buildings lit by open fires. The most devastating fire in our state's history, the Great Chicago Fire, occurred 150 years ago this October.