Illinois State Museum

502 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706 - United States





The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and caring about Illinois' cultural and natural resources and heritage. Visitors to the Museum will enjoy engaging exhibitions covering the natural history, history, and art of Illinois.


Recycled Play Day Family Event
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kick off Earth Month with engaging activities centered on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Participants will work together to build a giant playhouse out of repurposed cardboard boxes. Children will also enjoy environmental games and recycled art projects. You won’t want to miss this great family event. Activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up with an adult. Sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

Fashioning Illinois: 1820-1900
Fashioning Illinois, 1820-1900 is a celebration of nineteenth century Illinois clothing that explores both the personal experience of wearing and caring for clothing as well as the way that fashion reflected the changing roles and attitudes about women over the first 80 years of Illinois statehood.

Visitors to the exhibition will see stunning examples of historic costumes, textiles, and accessories from the Illinois State Museum’s Illinois Legacy Collection, as well as historic artifacts related to making, storing, washing, mending, and repurposing clothing. Interactive displays throughout the exhibition provide children and adults alike the opportunity to indulge their tactile senses, and a full lineup of related programming offers the opportunity for fun and learning.

Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.