Welcome to ISM-Springfield

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Illinois State Museum is once again open to visitors. Welcome back, we missed you while we were closed! There are some changes we want you to be aware of before your visit.

In order to provide for contactless entry, the Museum is not charging admission. Guests are invited to make a donation to support the Museum and its programs during this time here.

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.

The Museum is operating at 25% of normal occupancy and is asking visitors to stay no more than 2 hours. Regular and rigorous cleaning protocols have been put in place. Exhibits have been modified to provide a contactless experience. The Play Museum exhibit remains temporarily closed.

We are not accepting reservations for groups of more than 10 visitors at this time, and all in-person special events and programs have been canceled. You can connect with our ISM family by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You may also visit our ISM Newsroom for updates regarding museum activities.

Visitors to the museum in Springfield are treated to world-renowned natural history exhibits and a wonderful view of the arts within and beyond Illinois. Educational programs enhance the changing exhibitions.

Visitor Information
502 South Spring Street
Springfield (217) 782-7386
Admission: Free
Museum: Tues-Sat: 10-4:00
MacLean Play Museum: Closed unitl Further Notice
All Facilities Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Directions / Parking
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