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 9 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.
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.