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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.

Museum Hours

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

Free and open to all.

Visitors must follow COVID-19 response measures.

  • Masks are required at all times.
  • Attendance is limited to 25 persons per hall.
  • Guests must maintain social distancing (6 feet) from other visitors.

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

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North Hall

South Hall

Digital Exhibitions & Artist Talks

selected images from the digital exhibitions and artist talks videos