What memories do you have of the Illinois State Museum? That question was front-and-center during the Museum Memories family event on Saturday, July 16. The Museum brought back some of its most memorable exhibits, like the “Tornado Trees” from the 1925 Tri-State Tornado and a horse and human skeleton exhibit which was originally on view when the Museum was housed in the Centennial Building. Toys and exhibits from A Place for Discovery children’s exhibit, which opened in 1982 and closed in 2011, were available for young visitors.
All visitors were invited to trace their hand and write or draw a Museum memory to add to a memory tree in the Family Gallery. The Museum plans on leaving the nostalgic exhibits up for the next few months for those who were unable to make it to the event.