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Visitors to Dickson Mounds Museum's more than 15,000 square feet of exhibits discover many different ways of interpreting the past, including innovative displays of artifacts, arts, and archaeology; exciting hands-on activities; and multi-media presentations.


The River Valley Gallery

Explore the character of the Illinois River and trace the interaction between the river and the people who lived along it from the end of the Ice Age to the present day.

People of the Valley

People of the Valley portrays a sequence of cultures -- from Ice-Age hunters to the tribal groups that left Illinois in the 19th century -- through artifacts, murals, photographs, and exciting hands-on exhibits.

The Discovery Center

A learning place with hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

Eveland Village

The excavated remains of three early Indian buildings are preserved for viewing during the warmer months. The structures are a round building, a cross-shaped building, and a large rectangular building.


Kevin Veara: Exult
Open March 16 - June 16, 2024

Springfield artist Kevin Veara paints eye-popping scenes of birds among imagined and mutant landscapes. His paintings celebrate the vibrant, extraordinary beauty of the birds he observes along the Sangamon River. Equally, his work comments on the impact of human action on native ecosystems.

Kevin Veara: Exult features 16 paintings from 2009 to 2020. Veara is a painter, tattoo artist, naturalist, and birder living just outside of Springfield, Illinois. He holds a BFA from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois Springfield) and an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 

Connections in Stone: A Native Perspective on the Relation of Oral Tradition and Petroglyphs
Lobby Gallery -  COMING SOON

The exhibition will present Mike Chervinko’s breathtaking photographic images of petroglyphs. The images illustrate the beauty and deep history that the place we now call Illinois holds. The examples of rock art shown in this exhibition are contextually framed by oral traditions of various contemporary tribal nations to tell a story which stretches back to time immemorial. These petroglyphs and oral traditions work together to tell the story of the indigenous people of Illinois and the ways in which native people interpret the landscape around us.