information provided by the Office of the Governor
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 26, 2018) – The Illinois State Museum will present a major new exhibition in celebration of the state’s 200th birthday which will feature rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5-million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois. The “Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection” exhibition will open to the public with a special reception on Friday, June 29, from 5:30-7:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public, and will include complimentary soft drinks, light appetizers, a cash bar, and music provided by Virgil Rhodes and his band Footprints. Those interested in attending should RSVP by emailing Leslie.Cline@illinois.gov or calling 217-782-0909.
The exhibition will feature artifacts from a variety of disciplines, including fine and decorative art, anthropology, archaeology, botany, history, geology, and zoology, chosen for the unique stories they tell about Illinois. Reflecting the fact that the complete story of Illinois goes well beyond the 200 years since statehood, artifacts will range from 400-million-year-old fossils to contemporary art. Visitors will see a helmet worn by a World War I soldier, a trunk brought to Illinois by German immigrants in 1852, a core segment from Route 66, a piece of contemporary art created of cowhide, an Olney albino gray tree squirrel mount, and a portrait miniature done by an itinerant Illinois artist, among many other treasures.
The “Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection” exhibition—opening with the June 29 reception—will be featured at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield through February 3, 2019.
The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am until 4:30pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm until 4:30pm. The Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield on the Capitol Complex. Museum admission is $5.00 for adults ages 19-64, free for youth, seniors, and veterans.