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.

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.

the second invitational women's voices exhibitation, highlighting the works of 24 artists runs from february 1 through may 7, 2022.  there will be 3 collective conversations through art events, 1 each on march 5, march 26, and april 2, 2022, between 2 and 5pm each day. on march 5, the topic is strong women and their art and features Wil maring's paintings at 2pm and carrie gibbs' ceramics at 3pm. on march 26, the topic is transformation of energy and features marie samuel's mixed media at 2pm and hilary chandler's mixed media at 3pm. on april 2, the topic is nature's influences and features sandy shea's photography at 2pm and lynn nimtz eco-printing at 3pm. there will also be a closing reception on may 6, 2002, from 4 until 7pm.


Metal detected: an exhibit by the southern illinois metalsmiths society at the university museum atrium, march 21 through may 6, 2022. this invitational exhibition showcases the work of siu students working primarily in the medium of metal. join us on friday, april 8, 2022, between 4 and 7pm for a reception.



monomania: an exhibition by sarah mccourt at the university museum. the exhibition runs from april 17 through april 22 and there will be a closing reception at 5pm on april 22, 2022.


parting shots: the works of jerry monteith and daniel overturf. on display from january 11 through may 7, 2022. there will be a reception on friday, april 15, 2022, from 4:30pm until 7pm. jerry monteith will speak on saturday, april 16, 2022, from 2 until 4pm. daniel overturf will speak on saturday, april 23, 2022, from 2 until 4pm.

representative items from the lighting the way exhibit


representative items from the it's an honor exhibit


North Hall

Mitchell Gallery

Continuum Gallery

Atrium Gallery

South Hall

Digital Exhibitions & Artist Talks

selected images from the digital exhibitions and artist talks videos