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A hidden gem at SIU: University Museum offers a view on humanities, the sciences and the arts

  • These giant murals are among several such pieces currently on exhibit in the North Hall of University Museum. They're the work of visual artist Yingxue Zuo, who mixes his personal memories of the Chinese cultural revolution with his take on U.S. politics.

    These giant murals are among several such pieces currently on exhibit in the North Hall of University Museum. They're the work of visual artist Yingxue Zuo, who mixes his personal memories of the Chinese cultural revolution with his take on U.S. politics.
    Ceasar Maragni Photo

  • University Museum on the campus of SIU is free and open to students, faculty and the general public.

    University Museum on the campus of SIU is free and open to students, faculty and the general public.
    Ceasar Maragni Photo

 
By Ceasar Maragni
Contributing Writer
updated: 10/11/2019 4:54 PM

Many faculty, students and southern Illinois residents often forget that the SIU Carbondale campus boasts a fine museum. And it's free.

Located at 1000 Faner Dr. in the heart of campus, the museum first opened as a natural history museum in 1874.

Since then the University Museum has evolved into a teaching museum that represents the humanities, the sciences and the arts.

And while their focus is mainly on southern Illinois, their humanities collection includes materials that allow them to share the world with a diverse campus and a region that is isolated from urban centers.

With roughly 70,000 objects in their care, the University Museum captures and illuminates the human story, and opens a window on who we are and where we came from.

• The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays, Mondays and university holidays.