University Museum

The University Museum opened in the Old Main building in 1874 with the opening of Southern Illinois Normal University.  Through the years, the Museum was housed in 10 different places across campus before finally moving into Faner Hall in 1974.  The mission of the University Museum is to make creativity and scholarship visible and exciting for the University and the larger Southern Illinois community.  The University Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1977.  The Museum's 140th anniversary year was in 2014. 

Your generous support on March 1st will allow the museum to stay committed not only to curating collections and resources for the SIU community but also the greater Southern Illinois region.  From special programs and tours to hands-on workshops, the museum engages the entire region with its impressive collections, knowledgeable staff, and interactive atmosphere. 

Friends of University Museum Fund: Funds raised are used for the support and development of the SIU Museum, art museum and art galleries.  Funds are also used for the overall operation of the museum including exhibits, tours, collections, workshops and so much more.

Museum Conservation Fund: With a collection of 70,000 objects, the University Museum has many objects which need attention. This fund helps with the preservation and conservation of the University Museum's collections.  Conservation treatments are carried out by professional conservators; in addition, the museum also includes a broad range of conservation and preservation practices that require resources.   


Be a Champion of the Museum Challenge
Mary Carroll has pledged to make a $500 gift to the University Museum if we can get 50 donors to support the University Museum on the Day of Giving. For all the museum enthusiasts, this is your chance to rise to the challenge and demonstrate your support on March 1st by making a contribution to any of the giving priorities listed for the University Museum. Thank you for supporting the preservation of the only encyclopedic museum in Southern Illinois!
$5,555 MATCHED
Saluki Cares Challenge
Saluki Cares facilitates and coordinates a university-wide program of care and support for students in distress. In addition to fostering a supportive environment, the program connects students to campus resources and provides students with opportunities to overcome personal and educational barriers on their path to success. The SIU Alumni Association will match every contribution to Saluki Cares up to $4,000 during #SIUDAY.
$4,000 MATCHED
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