Welcome to the Illinois State Museum's Website for Educators.
explore. discover. learn. share.
Please explore this site and feel free to use the activities, lessons, videos, and worksheets in your classroom. New pages will be added as materials are developed. Several pages offer a virtual version of past exhibits with activities. Each page represents a different exhibit or topic.
Middle/Jr. High School
Explore activities, coloring sheets, games, and resources for families to use at home. Many of these activities can be adapted for classroom or remote learning use. Geared to preschool and elementary.
Throughout time, women have made history. This site features female history makers with a connection to Illinois. “In Her Footsteps Women’s History Trail” seeks to highlight the stories of Illinois history makers and offer resources for continued learning.
These are additional resources that are available from the Museum which include ISM YouTube Channel, past exhibits and learning modules, 3D Scans of Collections, blogs about different topics, and other items.
Explores immigration in Illinois using the past exhibit We Are Illinoisans. This virtual exhibit highlights immigrants to Illinois from the 18th century to today through photos, objects, and life stories. Includes crowd sourced photos.
This website, which was developed to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial, features objects from the Illinois State Museum and museums across the State. The Illinois State Museum periodically uploads additional objects from its Illinois Legacy Collection.
This exhibition, features entries received in the Museum. The title, inspired by Daniel Defoe’s 1722 book Journal of a Plague Year, was chosen to put the current COVID-19 pandemic in the context of historical pandemics, or "plagues," as well as allude to a common feeling, popularized in the media, that this year's pandemic and its fallout have made 2020 extraordinarily challenging.
Springfield-based photographer Zach Adams was one of the first people to submit to the ISM's collecting initiative. He expanded his subject matter to include images of local protests and rallies. The ISM's front porch served as the backdrop for several of his images that document Springfield's demonstrations on equal justice.
Explore the period of time called the Great Migration using primary source documents and children's picture books to understand a little more about this period of Black migration in U.S. History.
A warming planet impacts nature, society, and individuals in ways that might surprise you. The Illinois State Museum's new exhibit Climate Change in Your Backyard will present examples of how climate change is shaping Illinoisan lives in the heartland.