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Educational Programs

The museums and galleries in the Illinois State Museum system offer school and group programs tailored to their exhibits, events, and communities. To learn more about these programs visit the following pages for ISM-Springfield, ISM-Dickson Mounds Museum, and the ISM-Lockport Gallery.

Illinois History Day!

Illinois History Day, an event where students create history projects such as exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances, and research papers on topics of their choice, will be held in Springfield, Illinois on April 24th, 2024, at the Bank of Springfield Convention Center in Springfield. Students advancing from regional competitions will be eligible to compete at the state contest.  Top winners from the state competition will advance to the National History Day event held June 9–13, 2024, at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Topics must relate to this year's theme: Turning Points in HistoryCheck out theme resources and start your research today! Check out the main Illinois History Day page for more information.

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Learning Online

Check out our Educator's Webpage with virtual exhibits, information, activities, and resources for educators. Our Family Fun Site also offers activities that can be adapted to the classroom. 

We also have a variety of online resources designed for K-12 teachers that covers a variety of subjects.

Field Trip Resources

Department of Natural Resources Biodiversity Field Trip Grants are available to support the costs of your field trip. 

Plan your class field trip here.