exterior of the university museum behind trees in early autumn colors

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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.

Open for the Summer Semester starting June 14, 2022.

Museum Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 1pm - 4pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Free and open to all.

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


North Hall

Mitchell & Continuum Galleries

Atrium Gallery

South Hall

the siu museum presents the exhibition copious creations: a life dedicated to creativity: the works of DJ Kennedy from june 14th through July 30th, 2022.


the siu museum presents people places and things: art speaks to life: the works of adedayo laoye from june 14th through july 30th. there will be an opening reception on saturday, june 18th, between 4 and 7pm with an artist talk from 5 until 6pm


the siu museum presents mid-century modern, an exhibit of furniture and interior designs from the named movement from march 29 through july 30, 2022

Digital Exhibitions & Artist Talks

selected images from the digital exhibitions and artist talks videos