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Visitor Information

Visitors to the headquarters museum in Springfield are treated to world renowned natural history, anthropology and history exhibits and a wonderful view of the arts within and beyond Illinois' borders. Educational programs, films, and special events enhance the changing exhibitions.

For more information about Springfield, contact the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.


  • 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 except the Art Gallery (depending on the exhibition).
  • The Museum does not have food or eating facilities. 

Visitor Amenities

  • All restrooms are accessible and include changing tables.
  • Wheelchairs and strollers are available for visitor use.
  • Lockers are available to rent for storage of personal items


Illinois State Museum-Springfield
502 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-7386

Admission: FREE

Mon-Sat: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sun: Noon - 4:30 p.m.

MacLean Play Museum for Children
Mon-Sat: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sun: Noon - 3:30 p.m.

Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas