Illinois State Museum

Illinois State Museum
502 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706

ISM Research & Collections Center
1011 East Ash Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Illinois State Museum: (217) 785-0037
ISM Research & Collections Center: (217) 785-0037

Illinois State Museum: (217) 782-1254
ISM Research & Collections Center: (217) 785-2857



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Institution Type: Museum, Library, Research Center


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

Regions Covered: Illinois and its place in the world

Type of Materials: The Illinois State Museum maintains extensive collections in Anthropology, Art, Botany, History, Library/Archives, Geology, and Zoology. The Museum looks forward to acquiring objects, artwork, documents, oral histories, and other materials directly related to Route 66.

Time Periods: Prehistory – Present


Facility Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8:30 AM − 5 PM; Sunday, Noon – 5 PM; Open to public.

ISM Research & Collections Center: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5 PM; By appointment only.

Research Hours: Same as above. By appointment only.

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