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
Illinois State Museum 2021 Summer camp logo with green test tube surrounded by splashes of color.
Jun 24 2021 - 8:30am to Jun 25 2021 - 12:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Summer camp for youth ages 11-14. Join us this summer as we dive into the art and science of making an exhibit. Go behind the scenes to learn how an exhibit is made and get the chance to create your own.
Illinois State Museum 2021 Summer camp logo with green test tube surrounded by splashes of color.
Jul 7 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Come play at the Illinois State Museum! From fun art projects to cool science experiments, we’ve got your little one covered. Camp for ages 5 & 6.
Illinois State Museum 2021 Summer camp logo with green test tube surrounded by splashes of color.
Jul 12 2021 - 8:30am to Jul 16 2021 - 12:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Sumer camp for campers ages 7-10. Discover the world of art and science this summer! Try your hand at wacky science experiments, amazing art activities, and museum adventures.

Illinois State Museum Online Events

girls working at long tables in a radium factory
Apr 27 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
The young women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in the 1920s were told that the radium they were using was harmless. Dive into this fascinating and tragic tale of the brave factory workers whose quest for justice forever changed US Labor laws.
Setting the Foundation speaker headshots
Apr 29 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Global Conversations on the Return of Cultural Heritage Series
Join Indigenous peoples, museum professionals, and human rights experts from across the globe for a series of conversations regarding repatriation and the return of cultural tangible and intangible heritage.
Hazel Biggs Palmer with her collection
May 6 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Starting in the late 1800s the Oliver S. Biggs' family passed the knowledge of taxidermy from one generation to the next, with Oliver’s daughter Hazel creating a natural history museum and library from the families collection.