Illinois State Museum

The state museum for Illinois history has exhibit galleries about the state’s environment, Native American artifacts and dioramas, and objects and stories from pioneer life, the Industrial Revolution, and the 20th century. Students can explore the state’s cultural history through hands-on activities: they can study the lifestyle changes of Native Americans and examine reproduction artifacts, or use tools from nature to create and decorate their own ceramic pot. They can explore six time periods at the museum, from 1700 to 1990, while focusing on specific artifacts. Natural history programs cover topics such as fossils, the prairie, and the Illinois River and its relation to plants and animals.
 
Contact Info
Address: 502 South Spring Street Springfield, IL 62706. Sangamon County. Tel: 217-782-0061. Email: walthall@museum.state.il.us. Website: www.museum.state.il.us. Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-4:30PM, Sun. 12PM-4:30PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Fee/Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science, Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Museums & Exhibits Lesson Plan

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