Museum Special Exhibit

The Illinois Gallery is the Museum’s special exhibit space and it may be added to a Museum rental event to offer your guests more of the Museum to explore.

Each year there is a new exhibit in this gallery.  The State of Sound: A World of Sound from Illinois is currently on display.  

Illinois Gallery Special Exhibit: $250

The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois 

April 30, 2021 - January 23, 2022

From Muddy Waters to REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick to Earth Wind and Fire and Chance the Rapper, the land of Lincoln has produced some of the most highly celebrated music in rock history. Musicians, legendary radio stations, and musical gear have shaped the sonic history of Illinois and the world.

This exhibit showcases the achievements and contributions of Illinois’ finest in music. Written by award-winning author, documentary-producer, and former Chicago Sun-Times Columnist and Critic, Dave Hoekstra.

Please contact the Venue Rental Office to add the Illinois Gallery to your Museum event experience. 


March 23, 2022 - January 22, 2023 

A new traveling exhibition from the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and photographer Jim Lommasson.  

When you’ve lost everything, a single object can take on extraordinary meaning

This exhibit reflects upon the individual stories of 59 Survivors of the Holocaust and genocides and conflicts including Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq and Syria, Rwanda, and South Sudan, told through objects, photographs and personal reflections. Created by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and award-winning photographer Jim Lommasson, the exhibition includes large-format photographic prints of precious objects from a Survivor, on which the Survivor or their family member(s) reflect on the objects’ meaning directly on the print.

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