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
Dentalium (tusk shell) necklaces that will be returned to the Bardi Jawi
Oct 23 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
During 2020, Australia will mark the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the east coast of Australia. The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies is seeking the return of Indigenous cultural heritage.
Museum After Hours: Rockin’ Halloween
Oct 25 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Come celebrate Halloween and the opening of two new art exhibitions at the Museum.
Nov 2 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
The bison became the National Mammal in 2016 because of their historical significance and their present day impact. Of course bison have been and are again becoming a big part of Illinois culture and landscape.