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: Noon - 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, and Atrium Galleries

South Hall

the siu museum presents earth, wind, fire: works by sylvia r. greenfield from august 23 - december 17, 2022. an opening reception will be held on august 26, from 4-7pm.


"diversity is dope" promotional image for the diversity is exhibition at the university museum


Digital Exhibitions & Artist Talks

selected images from the digital exhibitions and artist talks videos