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About Our Museum

First opened as a natural history museum in 1874, the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has evolved into a teaching museum that represents the humanities, the sciences and the arts. While our focus is on southern Illinois, our humanities collection includes ethnographic materials that allow us to share the world with a diverse campus and a region that is isolated from urban centers. With roughly 70,000 objects in our care, the University Museum captures and illuminates the human story, opening a window on who we are and where we came from. 


Free and open to all.

Tuesdays–Fridays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays: 1 to 4 p.m.

Closed: Sundays, Mondays, and University Holidays

Public metered parking available across from the Student Center and beside Woody Hall.

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North Hall

South Hall