Illinois State Museum to welcome visitors on July 2
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[June 20, 2016]
– The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will reopen to the public
on July 2 after the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved a request by the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to charge an admission fee.
The museum will once again welcome visitors from across the state to
learn about the history, people, land, art and culture of Illinois.
“We are excited to welcome the public back to the
Illinois State Museum,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “The
Illinois State Museum is the best place in Illinois for families
from around the state and around the world to explore the rich
history of our state.” This week, JCAR approved a rule authorizing
the IDNR to establish an adult admission fee of $5.00 for the
museum’s main campus in Springfield. Children age 18 and under,
seniors and veterans will be admitted free. The admission fee is
part of a greater effort to diversify the sources of funding for the
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield, the ISM Dickson Mounds
Museum in Fulton Co., and the ISM Research and Collections Center in
Springfield will officially reopen on July 2.
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Special activities are planned and unique artifacts from the museum’s
collections will be on display at the museum, located in the State Capitol
Complex in Springfield. Additional special events will be held at the museum on
select weekends during the summer.
The IDNR continues to work with stakeholders in communities where other Illinois
State Museum branches are located in hopes of securing partnerships that would
allow those branches to open.
[Illinois Department of Natural