The Illinois State Museum
announces series of Welcome Back! Events in July
Following July 2 Opening, more events
scheduled for July 9, 16 and 30
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[June 29, 2016]
- The Illinois State Museum will hold a Welcome Back! Celebration on
Saturday, July 2 at the main museum campus located at 502 S. Spring
St., Springfield, IL 62706. The day will begin with a brief welcome
by Interim Director Michael Wiant before the doors open to visitors
at 8:30 a.m. The Museumís curators and research staff will be on
hand throughout the day to talk with visitors and offer insights
into the exhibits and what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum.
Other activities will include a lemonade toast and live music.
Food will be available from Sidewinderís Food Dock, located just
outside. Visitors will be encouraged to share their favorite moments
of the day using the hashtag #BackatISM. The Museum will be
collecting and sharing these memories following the opening.
Those who cannot join in person on July 2 are encouraged to join
virtually through live video on the Museumís Facebook page. The
highlights of the dayís events will be broadcast throughout the day.
The Museum will be open July 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission
is $5 for adults. Children age 18 and younger, active duty military,
veterans and seniors 65 and older will be admitted free.
The celebration continues with additional events scheduled during
the following weeks.
July 9: Dickson Mounds Museum will open to the public on July
2, but will hold a special Summer Gathering event on July 9, so as
not to conflict with the main museumís opening. Dickson Mounds is
located at 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown, IL 61542. During
the Summer Gathering, Museum curators and researchers will be on
hand to answer questions about the exhibitions. Visitors will also
see finished components of the American Frontier Exhibit presently
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July 16: The Museum Memories Family Event: This special event for
families will feature a photo booth where visitors can share their memories of
the Illinois State Museum. Memories will be collected and shared through video
and social media. Visitors will also have the opportunity to contribute to a
commemorative artwork, among other activities.
July 30: The ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St.,
Springfield, IL 62703, will host a behind-the-scenes tour. Visitors will be
assigned times for tours throughout the day. The Research and Collections Center
is home to millions of objects that are part of the Museumís permanent
collection. These include fossils of Ice Age animals, Native American artifacts,
artwork and historic artifacts from Illinoisí pioneer past. More information
will be forthcoming on this event.
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