Museum After Hours: Game Night

Museum After Hours returns with a night of friendly competition. Games of skill, luck, and everything in between will be included with board games of past and present, trivia, and more. Enjoy live music, beer from Obed and Isaac’s, and wine from West of Wise Winery. Food will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $10 for ISM Society members and $15 for non-members and include one beverage. Additional beverages and food will be available for purchase. Visit the link for tickets or purchase at the door. All event proceeds support educational programs at the Museum.

For more information contact Sarah Davis or call (217) 782-6044.

This year you can purchase season tickets to Museum After Hours and receive a free ISM pint glass. Season tickets are $25 for ISM Society members and $40 for non-members and include admission for one to each of the Spring events on February 28, March 27 (60s Night), and April 24 (Brewing Illinois).

Nathan Taylor Trio at Music at Museum

Nathan Taylor Trio explodes with rich sound and purely blended talent. This talent is bathed in a wide range of vintage American blues & roots music, born of the soul of the heartland and the most fortunate front porches of Canton, Illinois. From classic roots songs and blues of the delta to early New Orleans jazz and Nathan Taylor originals, this trio’s audiences dance to soulful spins on the old styles mixed with new music as they are transported to simpler times, past and present.

Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Museum auditorium. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase at intermission.

Fabulous Folktales Museum Play Date (formerly Story Time)

Free with Museum admission ($5 adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans)

What do the Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood, and Anansi the Spider have in common? They are all characters in folktales. Storyteller Mike Anderson will join us for this special Museum Play Date. You’ll hear traditional stories from around the world mixed with songs and activities.

Preschoolers and their care-givers will enjoy an expanded hands-on learning program filled with crafts, games, picture books, songs, and objects from the Museum’s collections. Museum Play Dates take place on the second Tuesday of each month.

Museum Play Date is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

Night at the Museum Overnight

Registration required by Monday, January 27

Family rate one child and one adult: $70 non-members, $50 members; each additional participant $30 non-members, $20 members

Groups of 10 or more: $30 per person

Ever wonder what happens in the Museum after everyone has gone home? A Night at the Museum Overnight is a rare opportunity for you to visit the Museum after dark. This fun-filled nocturnal adventure is open to families and groups with children ages 7-12. Take part in science and art activities, explore the museum, and end the night sleeping with the exhibits.

The overnight fee includes admission, activities, evening snack, breakfast, and t-shirt. For everything you need to know about the overnight, download the guide at bit.ly/overnightwelcome20.

Mandolin Orchestras in America

Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by James Stanlaw, Professor of Anthropology, Illinois State University

The mandolin orchestra was extremely popular at the turn of the 20th century in America. This presentation and demonstration “The Central Illinois Roots of Lloyd Loar and the Growth and Development of the Mandolin Orchestra Tradition in America” will be about its rise and fall—and rise again—in popularity. It will also be about the Illinois roots of musical virtuoso and acoustic engineer, Lloyd Loar.

Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum.

Junior Collector’s Day

Free with admission ($5 adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans)

Collectors and museums have long been partners in telling stories through objects. Come and see the collections of local children and teens on display at the Museum and hear the story behind each treasure. Collections may include coins, toys, art, sports memorabilia, and more. Junior Collector’s Day will be held in conjunction with Starry Night Super Saturday.

Does your child have a collection they would like to share? Children ages 8-16 can register to display their collections by visiting the link below.  The Museum will provide a table, tablecloth, and sign for each collector. No buying, selling, or trading may take place.

Starry Night Super Saturday

Free with admission ($5 adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans)

The moon and stars are iconic of the night sky. Not only do they provide light to break the darkness, they also are used to tell stories and navigate the unknown. Learn to read the night sky with crafts, games, and activities.

Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate.

Sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

Day at the Beach! Museum Play Date

Free with Museum admission ($5 adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth seniors, military, and veterans)

Escape the cold and snowy January with a fun-in-the-sun beach party. Learn about the plants and animals that call the beach home, build a sand castle, enjoy a story, play a game, and make a mini underwater aquarium.

Story Time at the Museum is now Museum Play Date! Preschoolers and their care-givers will enjoy an expanded hands-on learning program filled with crafts, games, picture books, songs, and objects from the Museum’s collections. Museum Play Dates take place on the second Tuesday of each month.

Holiday Card Making

Free with Museum Admission

Admission: $5 adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military and veterans

Enjoy some creative time to create a handmade holiday or seasonal card in the Family Gallery. Supplies will be provided for guests of all ages to make cards to take home.

This program is offered as part of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks. Visitors can take the “Santa Van” from Downtown Springfield to the Museum from 1:00 to 4:00 pm or park in either of the State lots near the Museum for free on Saturdays.

For more information, contact Sarah Davis at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.

A Curious Christmas: Odd Holiday Traditions

Free and public invited!

Christmas in America wasn’t always Santa Claus and Snowmen. Join Curator of Decorative Arts Erika Holst to learn about oddball traditions from two centuries of Christmases past, including creepy cards, chocolate insects, skinny Santa, and Krampas.

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed via the gate on Ash St. and starting in November, Ash street will be open from both directions. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

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