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Visitor Information

ISM-Dickson Mounds, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an awe-inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience in the Illinois River Valley. Click here for a copy of the museum's visitor information card.

Visitors to the museum in west-central Illinois encounter innovative interpretive exhibits, archaeological sites, and various special events in a rural setting. In addition, the museum has a variety of other visitor use facilities on the museum grounds, including an outdoor stage, picnic grounds with a shelter, playground, restrooms, and restored prairie. Seasonally available exhibits on the grounds are located at a restored 1850 era plank road tollbooth and at the Eveland Village, where visitors may view the excavated remains of three early Indian buildings. Click here for a guide to the museum and grounds.

Also available for public use during daylight hours are a series of walking trails leading through the museum's 235-acre grounds. Pick up a trail guide at the museum or view and print a trail guide by clicking here. A mobile device version of the trail map is available for download.


  • No food, beverages (other than water in a sealed container), gum or candy are allowed in the museum.
  • Backpacks are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Photographs may be taken in all areas.
  • The Museum does not have food or eating facilities.
  • Only service animals are allowed in the museum facility.

Visitor Amenities

  • All restrooms are accessible and include changing tables.
  • A coat room and wheelchairs are available for visitor use.
  • Sensory kits are available upon request.

ISM-Dickson Mounds
10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd.
Lewistown, IL 61542
(309) 547-3721

Tue - Sat:  9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day