Celebrate the opening of the Fashioning Illinois: 1820-1900 exhibition in style during the Museum After Hours eventk. You are encouraged to dress in garb from your favorite 60s decade (1860s or 1960s).
Enjoy live music by Myers – Brant – Paoni and the New Columbine Orchestra and participate in a 1960s inspired art making activity.
Tickets are $10 for ISM Society members and $15 for non-members and include one beverage and all activities. Additional beverages and food will be available for purchase. Visit http://bit.ly/mahmar20 for tickets or purchase at the door.
All event proceeds support educational programs at the Museum. Participants must be 21 years or older. For more information, email or call 217-782-6044.
This concert is being rescheduled for a later date due to precautions against the coronavirus.
Calle Sur features a broad range of Latin musical traditions.
Tickets for the March concert are available in advance at bit.ly/matmmar20 or at the door.
Free with Museum admission: $5 adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans
Do you have a pet? Have you ever wanted to know more about pets? Come learn about how to care for our pets and explore different kinds of pets through songs, activities, and stories. The Animal Protective League will be bringing a couple of pets to visit and will teach the visitors about animals and how to care for them.
Museum Play Dates take place on the second Tuesday of each month. 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. For additional information, please email or call (217) 782-6044.
Museum Play Date is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
Free with admission: $5 adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans
One hundred years ago, after a long struggle, women earned the right to vote in the United States. The suffragettes marched, made banners, wrote letters, and gave speeches until their rights were recognized! This Super Saturday celebrates the 100 years of women’s suffrage and will encourage children to think about the causes they care about. Visitors can make a sash for their favorite cause, make a take-action button, and learn more about the women who fought for their cause!
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. For additional information, please contact Sarah Davis at email@example.com or (217) 782-6044. Sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.