Illinois Archaeology Awareness Month takes place in September. For more information, visit http://www.illinoisarcheology.org.
The Burpee Museum of Natural History is a hands-on, interactive museum that focuses mainly on paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. It offers paleontology and archaeology themed workshops, summer camps and programs for children. For more information, call (815) 965-3433, or visit http://www.burpee.org.
The Discovery Center Museum is just down the road from the Burpee Museum. Featuring more than 250 hands-on exhibits and a variety of special events and programs each year, this museum works to broaden the minds of people of all ages. For more information, call (815) 963-6769, or visit http://www.discoverycentermuseum.org/about/.
General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro offers educational programs and events, including the Logan Days Centennial Celebration and Kids Dig It. As part of the Kids Dig It program, students learn techniques of archaeology while working alongside professional archaeologists. For more information, call (618) 684-3455, or visit the museum's website: http://www.loganmuseum.org/.
At The Field Museum in Chicago, a team of museum scientists put together Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever unearthed. Over half a million children have visited Sue at the museum. Another current exhibit, open until January 20, 2014, is Images from the Afterlife, which offers a look at Egyptian mummies through CT scans and 3-D imaging. The museum also hosts many educational programs. For more information, call (312) 922-9410, or visit http://www.fieldmuseum.org/.
The Center for American Archaeology in Kampsville has extensive programs for families to explore the excitement of archeology during the summer months. Adults and children learn basic archeological concepts and work with archeologists. Through hands-on activities, children understand native technologies and how archeologists reconstruct the past. Call (618) 653-4316 or visit the website: http://www.caa-archeology.org/.
The University Museum at Southern Illinois University has a large collection of artifacts and artistic works. The museum hosts a number of educational programs for schools and the public, including free art workshops for kids ages 5 to 11. During the summer of 2013, the workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM. The museum also offers guided tours. For more information, call (618) 453-5388 or visit http://www.museum.siu.edu/.