Illinois State Museum in United States

Illinois State Museum
Lower jaw bone from American Mastodon.
Lower jaw bone from American Mastodon.

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OwnerIllinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

Total nrs140000
Number of animals140000
Address 502 South Spring Street
Zip-code IL 62706
Place Springfield
Country United States
Website Website

DirectorsElizabeth Bazan

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Illinois State Museum, located at 502 South Spring Street, in Springfield, United States , was founded in 1877.

Taxidermy specimens

Illinois State Museum has in its collection 1 elephantine museum specimens with records in this database:

(Measurements of teeth and body parts follow the system described by Maglio (1973; P = plate number, L = length, W = width, H = height, LF = lamellar frequency)

    Bone Spring Mastodon Accession nr: . Received: 1844-00-00 Bone Spring Mastodon (fossil)
    Species: American Mastodon (Mammut americanus)
    * Born at North America unspecified forest † Dead at Bone Spring site
    Death: Death reason: unknown (N/A)
    Discovered as fossil 1833 by German scientist

Comments / picturesThe Illinois State Museum features the life, land, people and art of the State of Illinois. The headquarters museum is located on Spring and Edwards Streets, one block southwest of the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield. There are three satellite locations: Dickson Mounds in Lewistown, the Lockport Gallery in Lockport, and the ISM\'s Research and Collections Center in Springfield.

The Illinois State Museum was founded on May 25, 1877 as a showcase within the sixth Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, which was completed at that time. Amos Henry Worthen was first curator.

(But its is claimed that this museum bought in 1844 the Skeleton of an American Mastodon from Benton County)

As the state\'s government grew, the museum collection was moved from the Capitol Building to the newly constructed Centennial Building, now known as the Michael Howlett building, in 1923.

With continued growth of its collections, and the need to have a dedicated location in Springfield for tourists and school groups, the state began construction of its first purpose-built state museum in 1961. The building was completed in 1962. This building is the current Illinois State Museum.

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Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Illinois State Museum, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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