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The Anita Purves Nature Center serves as Champaign County's premier environmental education resource. The Center and the adjacent Busey Woods provide a natural resource to individuals, families and groups interested in learning more about the outdoors. Recently remodeled and expanded, the Nature Center features four multipurpose rooms, an Exhibit Hall, an Observation Room, Gift Shop and educator resource room. Hundreds of programs, activities, and special events are held at this facility each year. [top]

 

The Champaign County Historical Museum is located in the historic Cattle Bank in Champaign, IL. The 1857 Cattle Bank, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, is believed to be the oldest commercial building in Champaign County. The museum features permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting different aspects of county history, a research library, small meeting rooms, and gift shop. The museum's exhibits focus on photographs, documents and artifacts associated with persons, businesses, and organizations important in the history Champaign County. [top]

 

The Chanute Air Museum opened in 1994 to preserve and interpret the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field and Air Force Base, the history of Illinois aviation, and the community of Rantoul. The Museum has more than 3,000 artifacts (including over 40 aircraft), 3,600 library volumes, and an archive collection of over 111,000 photographs. Exhibits include an array of civilian and military aircraft, including a rare XB-47 Stratojet bomber and an AGM-28 Hound Dog missile. Visitors will also experience replicas of an early Chanute glider, the Wright Flyer, Lindberg’s “Spirit of St. Louis” and a JN-4 Jenny. Additional aircraft on display include a P-51H Mustang, F-86 Saber, B-25 Mitchell, B-58 Hustler, Mong Sport Bi-plane, Piper Tri-Pacer, and Steen Skybolt. NOTE:  THE CHANUTE AIR MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. [top]

 

The Museum of the Grand Prairie (formally the Early American Museum) has an extensive collection interpreting 19th and early 20th century life in east-central Illinois. Two floors of exhibits present architecture, trades and occupations, decorative arts, ad childhood and domestic life of the time. The Discovery Room offers hands-on opportunities for children to interact and learn about the early residents of the Grand Prairie. Educational programs are offered for all ages throughout the year. [top]

 

The Homer Lake Interpretive Center is located in beautiful Homer Lake Forest Preserve. This facility features live animals, interactive displays, a native plant garden, and a wildlife viewing area. Visitors of all ages will find plenty to do! We also offer a variety of public programs for all ages, and programs for schools, preschoolers, homeschools, scouts, senior centers, and more. While visiting the park, be sure to stop by the popular Natural Playscape! [top]

 

The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music (SACAM) acquires and preserves significant archival records and historical artifacts in multiple media formats that document America's local and national music history and its diverse cultures. The Center, part of the University of Illinois Library and University Archives, arranges, describes, and makes its collections accessible in support of scholarship, exhibitions, publications and education. The Center's collections are used for scholarly research, exhibitions, journalism, documentary productions, school programs, music performances, and other research and educational activities. [top]

 

Krannert Art Museum’s collection of over nine thousand works of art represents the cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum offers outstanding temporary exhibitions that are complemented by a full program of public lectures, music and dance performances, and film screenings. Krannert Art Museum’s Giertz Education Center serves educators by providing workshops and a free-loan collection of over 5000 art and cultural objects and instructional items. [top]

 

Orpheum Children's Science Museum is located in the historic 1914 Orpheum Theatre. Designed by Rapp and Rapp of Chicago, the theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Exhibits include live animals (snakes, tarantulas, turtles, bearded dragons, and hissing cockroaches), The Giant Lever, Ghost Images, Water Tornado, Human Torso, Design-a-Dinosaur, and PVC Pipe Organ. Outdoors, as weather permits, we have Whisper Dishes, a Dino Dig, and a Rock Grotto. These exhibits encourage children to explore science at their own pace in an informal setting. [top]

 

The Parkland Art Gallery conveys and reflects culture through visual arts, offering the diverse views on the world that can only be gained through artistic expression. Its eight exhibits per year move from the evocative to the provocative. They seek to elate, and they seek to astonish. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, and mixed media works are exhibited and are created by international, national, and regional artists. [top]

 

The Spurlock Museum celebrates the people and places of our world...our heritage as members of individual cultures and as the community of humanity. Feature exhibits are arranged in five main galleries: Europe; East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania; The Americas; Africa, Ancient Egypt and, Mesopotamia; and the Ancient Mediteranean. The Campbell Gallery houses changing exhibits on a wide variety of topics. Events are held for visitors of all ages in the galleries and the Knight Auditorium, and the Learning Center serves as a venue for hands-on programs. [top]

 

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium's 50' projection dome is the second largest in the state of Illinois. The Carl Zeiss star projector displays 7600 stars, the Sun, Moon, and planets on a 50-foot hemispheric screen. In late 2010, the first Digistar 4 digital projection system in the state was installed, allowing the entire dome to be covered with a video frame.  Fulldome shows run Friday & Saturday nights to the public. The dome seats 128. [top]

 

The Pollinatarium at the University of Illinois is dedicated to all 2-,

4-, or 6-legged creatures that assist flowering plants in meeting their
reproductive needs. Its location in the midst of the
University’s Arboretum brings together flowers and pollinators
physically and conceptually, for optimal impact and appeal.
Multiple exhibits acquaint visitors with a broad range of
disciplines involved in the study of pollination, including
ecology, evolution, plant biology, insect physiology, animal
behavior, crop sciences, and conservation. Exhibits relate to
world events and ongoing research on pollinators. [top]

 

 

 

Museums of the Grand Prairie

Museum of the Grand Prairie

 

Spurlock Museum

Spurlock Museum

 

Orpheum Children's Science Museum

Orpheum Children's Science Museum

 

Parkland Art Gallery

Parkland Art Gallery

 

Champaign County Historical Museum

Champaign County Historical Museum

 

 

Homer Lake Interpretive Center

Krannert Art Museum

Krannert Art Museum

 

William M. Staerkle Planetarium

William M.Staerkel Planetarium

 

Anita Purves Nature Center

Anita Purves Nature Center

 

Chanute Air Museum

Chanute Air Musuem

 

John Philip Sousa Archives

John Philip Sousa Archives & Ctr. for American Music

 

 

UI Pollinatarium