Geology/Paleontology Collections

The geology collections's over 200,000 specimens include 60 type and figured invertebrates, 6 fish types, and over 600 type and figured plant fossils. Also represented is a strong collection of Carboniferous fossils from the scientifically and nationally significant Mazon Creek and Rock Island areas of Illinois. Rocks and minerals in the collection number over 6,700 specimens.

Botany Collections

More than 111,000 botanical specimens are housed in the herbarium. This is one of three primary collections of Illinois flora in the state. It includes the internationally significant Cutler-Blake ethnobotanical collection of prehistoric cultivated plants that represent much of the primary evidence for early American Indian plant domestication in North America.

Fine and Decorative Art Collections

Fine Arts
The Museum's collection of fine arts documents the progression and history of art in Illinois. It is the only such public collection in Illinois. Especially significant collections include: the 20th-century paintings (relating to Illinois); the Illinois Works Progress Administrationcollection of paintings, prints, and sculpture; the nineteenth-century folk art collection; and the historical and contemporary Illinois photograph collections, including the Frank Sadorus Collection and photographs of Nathan Lerner.

Welcome to the Illinois State Museum

The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and caring about Illinois' cultural and natural resources and heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois.

The Illinois State Museum is headquartered in Springfield with branch facilities near Lewistown and in Lockport. 


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