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children inspecting exhibit caseThe Sharp Museum is committed not only to curating collections and resources for the SIU community, but also the greater Southern Illinois region. From special programs & tours to hands-on workshops, the museum engages the entire region with its impressive collections, knowledgeable staff, and interactive atmosphere.

Additionally, we provide educational materials and support for educators to incorporate our museum collections and themes into their own curricula, and host an annual Arts Education Festival every spring, enabling thousands of children and teachers to experience an array of memorable concerts, performances and learning activities.

Digital Exhibitions

Recorded Artist Talks


SIU craft workshopSharp Museum tours and programs are learner-centered and activity oriented. Tours take place in the Museum and the Museum Sculpture Garden.


SIU gallery presentationTours must be scheduled at least a week in advance to ensure that tour and program facilitators can properly prepare activities and other materials for the scheduling group.


SIU Parkinson lab tourPrograms can include multiple activities and may include visits to other University facilities such as Parkinson Lab, Morris Library, and the SIU Greenhouse. Those interested in Museum programs should contact the Museum at least three weeks in advance. Contact (618) 453-5388.