Street Address
600 S. Gregory
Urbana, IL 61801
Mailing Address
Urbana, IL 61801
phone: 217-333-2360
fax: 217-244-9419
e-mail: kflesher@illinois.edu
web: www.spurlock.illinois.edu
Hours
Mondayclosed
Tuesday12 PM - 5 PM
Wednesday - Friday9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday12 PM - 4 PM
The Museum is closed on University Holidays.
Admissions
Admission is free. A $3 donation is appreciated.
Museum Type(s)
Services
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Wayne Pitard, Director
Karen Flesher, Program Coordinator
Brian Cudiamat, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator
Tandy Lacy, Director of Education
Kim Sheahan, Asst. Director of Education
Beth Watkins, Education Coordinator
Julia Robinson, Zahn Learning Center Coordinator
Brook Taylor, Education Program Coordinator
Christa Deacy-Quinn, Collections Manager
John Holton, Assistant Collections Manager
Melissa Sotelo, Collections Coordinator
Jennifer White, Registrar
Amy Heggemeyer, Assistant Registrar
Jack Thomas, Director of Information Technology
Harold Bush, Head of Security

Description

With approximately 40,000 objects in its artifact collection, the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign celebrates our shared humanity by collecting, preserving, documenting, exhibiting, and studying objects of cultural heritage.

Mission

The Spurlock Museum celebrates our shared humanity by collecting, preserving, documenting, exhibiting, and studying objects of cultural heritage. The Museum's primary function is education in service to students, scholarly communities, and the general public, interpreting the diversity of cultures through time and across the globe. Its collections constitute a public trust to be responsibly maintained for future generations as a permanent record of the cultural world.

History

In 1911, the University of Illinois established museums of classical and European culture on the fourth floor of Lincoln Hall, drawing upon the university's 1874 Gregory collection. An Oriental museum was added in 1917. Over time, the museums were combined and eventually renamed the World Heritage Museum in 1971. A generous gift from William and Clarice Spurlock of Indianapolis funded the construction of the new Museum facility. Opened in 2002, the Spurlock Museum features cultural galleries that reflect the diversity of the museum's collections, augmented with noteworthy artifacts from the Museum of Natural History and the Department of Anthropology.

Artifacts Collections

The Museum's collections include artifacts from six continents covering nearly one million years of human history. Nearly 2000 objects are on display to our visitors. Feature exhibits are arranged in five main galleries: Europe; East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania; the Americas; Africa, Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia; and the Ancient Mediterranean. The Campbell Gallery houses changing exhibits on a wide variety of topics.

Educational Programs

The Museum provides a wide variety of educational tours and programs. Descriptions are available at http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/education/. Special events are listed in the Museum's calendar of events.

Facilities

Auditoriums

Performance Areas

Governance

The Museum is a department of the University of Illinois.

Library

Access: Staff Only

Appointment required: Yes

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Special Event Rental

Group Tours