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National Museum of Surveying

521 East Washington
Springfield, Illinois

Phone: 217 523 3130 --

Statement of Purpose:

The museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of surveying while ensuring its future through vivid images, superb storytelling, and dynamic multimedia.

Highlights & Collections:

The visitor will be given a guided tour through the History of Surveying gallery which is highlighted by impressive murals, dynamic multimedia, historic artifacts, and superb storytelling. The focus of the narrative is not on how to surveying but how surveying played a role in the development of America all the way up to today.

The only place in the world that goes in depth into Abraham Lincoln’s surveying career is the National Museum of Surveying. Due to his success and exposure as a surveyor, Lincoln won his first political position. The museum’s From Surveyor to President Exhibit tells the importance of Lincoln’s surveying career had on his entire life. This along with the Surveying the Civil War Exhibit show how the surveying once again helped unify the country both east-west and north-south.

Featured at the museum is NOAA's Science on a Sphere® where children, tourists, and science enthusiasts adopt an extraterrestrial viewpoint to experience the power and beauty of the world and the universe. Science on a Sphere is a nearly six foot hologram like movie system that displays NOAA and NASA generated images and movies about Earth System science. This is how the world was meant to be seen!

The entire museum is customizable and personalized for the visitor. The Sphere can be customized by teachers or groups to fit their interests. Go to and create your own playlists or ask the museum to play a certain topic.

The visitor will leave with a deeper understanding of the world around him or her and the role surveying has had in the development of America. Check the schedule to see the next family day or Surveying Academy. On these days, patrons can try their hand at surveying by tackling one of your surveying courses.

Major Collections:

Michigan Surveying Institute’s collection, Milton Denny’s collection.
Ron Bolser’s collection.
Surveying Library: Every trade magazine, surveying manuals from 1813 on, and a myriad of other books.


Permanent Exhibits: NOAA’s Science on a Sphere and NCEES Educational Theater

2012 Calendar of Events:
February 12: Lincoln the Surveyor’s Birthday: Day full of Lincoln talks, Lincoln the Surveyor, family crafts and games, food, and fun!
March 17-March 24: Surveyor’s Week; A week long celebration of surveyors
TBD- War of 1812 


10 am - 3 pm, with extended hours for groups

Admission & Directions:

$5.00 - Adults (16-61)
$10.00 - Families
$4.00 - Seniors (62 & up)
$4.00 - Active Military W/ID
$3.00 - Kids (5-15)
$2.00 - Students with school group
Free - Kids (under 5)

On the north side of the Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. One block southwest of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

Key Personnel:

Robert Church, Board of Trustee
Matthew Parbs, Assistant Director

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