The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum

The Play Museum is a free children's area at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield. Load a jeep; crawl through a cave; dig for fossils; put together a baby mastodont puzzle; frame art; explore collections of fossils, insects, artifacts; and toys; and play museum! The Play Museum is designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. 

Hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

  • No food, beverages, gum or candy are allowed in the Play Museum.
  • Please park your strollers outside the Play Museum.
  • The Museum does not have food or eating facilities.
  • All restrooms are accessible and include changing tables.
  • Children must be accompanied by a caregiver over 16 years old.
Visitor Information
502 South Spring Street
(217) 782-7386

Museum: Mon-Sat: 9-4:30, Sun: 12-4:30
Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum: Mon-Sat: 10-4, Sun: 1-4:30
All Facilities Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.