Area Museums

Southern Illinois is rich in history and this history is proudly on display at the many museums. You will also find costumed interpreters that will not only tell of the history of the people and the region but also show you the skills and the way of life in the past. The Gen. John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro honors General John A. Logan, the founder of Memorial Day.

While in Southern Illinois you will also want to visit the American Fluorite Museum in Rosiclaire. Here you will see collections of fluorite as well as mining artifacts on this former mine site. A wonderful destination for the entire family, The Science Center in Carbondale will amaze the children with hands-on science exhibits.

African American Museum of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL,
Exhibits vary, but almost always include quilts that reflect the communication code used by the Underground Railway during the mid-1800's.

American Fluorite Museum, Rosiclare, IL, 618-285-3513
Collections of fluorite as well as mining artifacts

The General John A. Logan Museum, Murphysboro, IL
Details of the life of Civil War General and notable political figure John A. Logan, who was born in Murphysboro and who created Memorial Day.

Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst, Mt. Vernon, IL
Mitchell Museum has contemporary art exhibitions in two galleries, including the Children's Gallery. Enjoy works by Mary Cassatt, Maurice Prendergast, Childe Hassam and more, part of the museum's American painting collection acquired by founders John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell.

Super Museum, Metropolis, IL
The Super Museum is the largest collection of Superman memoribilia in the World!.

University Museum, Carbondale, IL
The museum houses an art collection and a collection of pre-historic, historic and scientific objects. One of the permanent and very popular exhibit is the "W. P. A. Pioneer Dioramas", which were created by local craftsmen employed at the Museum during the Works Progress Administration, 1938-1942.