The William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum of World Cultures is a regional center for cultural and archaeological collections from throughout history and across the globe.
The Spurlock Museum’s nine permanent exhibits represent historical and contemporary peoples from around the world. Special exhibits, based in the Campbell Gallery, serve as a springboard for unique programs, tours, and special events. Through our collections and educational programs, we help interpret the diversity of cultures through time and across the globe.
Drop in for a visit, arrange a tour, or research our collections. Experience performances, lectures, and creative activities at our Knight Auditorium and Zahn Learning Center. There's always something happening at Spurlock.
- established in 1911 by the Board of Trustees and housed on the 4th floor of Lincoln Hall
- became the World Heritage Museum in 1971
- opened as the Spurlock Museum with 55,000 square feet of purpose-built space in 2002
- accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2009
- holds more than 50,000 artifacts from six continents from throughout human history
- serves over 50,000 visitors each year
- hosts 12,000 school children and dozens of university classes annually in organized programs and tours
- collaborates on research projects with universities and museums across the world
Invite Us to Your Next Meeting
A presentation about the Museum includes a history of the Museum, a brief tour of its galleries and facilities, a few artifact highlights, and information on upcoming programs, exhibits, and special events. This program is available to groups throughout central Illinois and can last from 20 to 45 minutes, including a period for questions.
Please contact Kim Sheahan to reserve this presentation for your group.