Welcome to ISM-Research & Collections Center

PUBLIC NOTICE: The well-being of our staff, volunteers, guests and their families is our highest priority. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Illinois State Museum system has temporarily closed all locations - Springfield, Lewistown, and Lockport - effective Saturday, March 14, 2020. All special events and programming are also canceled. Please continue to visit our website for future updates..

The Research and Collections Center is a 97,000 square-foot facility dedicated to collections care, research, and education. It is a bank that holds over 14.5 million objects as an investment for the future. The RCC houses the vast collections that range in size from the microscopic pollen grains to colossal mostodon fossils. Within its walls, the Illinois State Museum's mission of collecting, studying, and interpreting objects that represent the natural history, anthropology, and art of Illinois is fulfilled. It provides state-of-the-art space to care for and study collections, as well as laboratories and special program spaces for Museum scientists, artists, and educators.

Visits to the RCC must be prearranged. Please call to schedule a visit.

Public Programs are also held in the RCC. Please click the events link below to se the current schedule.

Visitor Information
1011 E. Ash Street
(217) 785-0037

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30-5
Closed: All State holidays.
Directions / Parking
Map to ISM Research & Collections Center
Click here to learn more about the Illinois State Museum Research program.
Click here to learn more about the Illinois State Museum collections.

No events are scheduled at this time. Check back for updates.

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