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 mastodon 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.
In order to promote the safety of our visitors, and in compliance with State guidelines, all visitors (over age two who can medically tolerate a mask) will be required to wear a face covering at all times. All masks must be made from a solid material, preferably with more than one layer, and cannot have exhalation valves or vents. All visitors have their temperature taken (contactless) and answer a few health questions before entry.
All in-person special events and programs have been canceled for the time being.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00-4
By Appointment Only
Closed: All State holidays.