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The William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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General Information

The Spurlock Museum welcomes group visits by children and adults of all ages. Reservations are required. There are several options for group visits, including guided tours and programs featuring a craft or hands-on artifacts. These are available to groups of ten or more visitors on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Fees, group size limitations, and chaperone requirements are listed with the tour and program descriptions.

Please read our current list of available dates and further information about reserving programs and tours. In addition, the information detailed online is available in our downloadable program booklet (PDF, 1.2MB).

To schedule a tour or program, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 265-0474 or at least three weeks prior to your visit date with the following information:

Required information to schedule a program

  • the desired program
  • the date and time you wish to visit—check the Museum’s availability webpage
  • the grade level and number of students involved
  • your contact name, phone number, and email address
  • any questions you may have about your program or the Museum
  • special needs and other relevant information

The availability of these tours and programs is limited. Please contact the Museum early in the school year to reserve your dates.

Documentation Policy: The Spurlock Museum staff frequently videotapes or photographs visitors enjoying Museum programs, tours, special events, or individual time in our galleries. All videotape and photographs are used at the Museum’s discretion and become its sole property. Images are used in various Museum publications and as documentation for reports. The names of the people recorded are not used.

2012-2013 Tours and Programs by Theme

Every year, the Museum offers a variety of established tours and programs in addition to those that accompany special temporary exhibits. we have grouped our regular offerings under four thematic categories—Around the World, Oral Traditions, Ancient Connections, and Medieval European Life—to help you browse and identify the options that best suit your classroom. A brief introduction to the theme appears with each category.

As you will see, several of our programs include a craft, either integrated into the program or as an added option.

Around the World

By nature, human beings are alike. By practice, they become different. -Confucius

What is a world cultures museum? From statues to armor, mummies to masks, we exhibit artifacts that evidence the shared challenges of humanity and the diverse ways cultures respond to them. Many of our tours address the factors that influence the needs of body, mind, and spirit and, in turn, the ways in which human beings live differently.

Each of the Around the World tours begins in the Central Core Gallery, where the students are introduced to these shared cultural concepts.

Program Grade Size Length Cost
Introduction to the Spurlock Museum 4-12 75 75 min free
Human Connections 5-8 75 105 min free
How Art Communicates 8-12 30 75-90 min free
Masks around the World 3-8 30 / 30 with craft 45-90 min free / $1 per student with craft
Cultures of the Past: A Hands-on Experience 6-12 75 90 min free
Challenging Culture high school and college 60 varies free

Oral Traditions

Learn the values, histories, and traditions of cultures around the world through their folktales and myths.

Program Grade Size Length Cost
Stories around the World Pre-K-12 40 / 30 with craft 30-90 min $1 per student if craft is added
A Tapestry of Stories K-4 40 /24 with craft 45-75 min $1 per student if craft is added
Greek and Roman Mythology 4-12 40 60-90 min $1 per student if craft is added

Ancient Connections

These popular programs explore the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. There may be special funding available for participation in any of our Ancient Connections programs.

Program Grade Size Length Cost
In the Shadow of the Pyramids 4-7 36 105 min $1 per student
Life in the Polis 4-7 30 90-120 min $1 per student if craft is added
Greek and Roman Mythology 4-12 40 45-60 min free
Raiders of the Lost Art 6-12 60 varies free

Medieval European Life

Students go back in time through hands-on experience with medieval technologies, games, stories, and artifacts.

Program Grade Size Length Cost
A Day as a Knight 3-4 30 90 min $1 per student
The Blacksmith's Apprentice 5-7 36 105 min $1 per student