COLLINSVILLE– The Interpretive Center at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will be closed to the public beginning March 1 to facilitate $5 million in capital improvement projects at the site. The projects, which will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board, are funded through Gov. JB Pritzker’s bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the first in nearly a decade.

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The work is estimated to last at least 12 months. During the closure, the driveway leading into the site will be closed and no public access will be available to the main parking lot and surrounding area. The Monks Mound parking lot and trails north of Collinsville Road will remain open. Walking tours of the site may resume when the weather allows in the spring while work on the Interpretive Center project is underway.

“The $5 million capital improvement project at Cahokia Mounds will include replacement of the existing roof, HVAC, lighting, fire suppression, and security systems within the Interpretive Center,” said Cahokia Mounds Site Superintendent Lori Belknap. “The improvements will update and replace some systems and components that date to the construction of the Interpretive Center in 1988. When the Interpretive Center reopens, visitors will see many improvements including restoration of our theatre, along with upgrades and improvements to gallery elements, enhancing visitor experiences.”

The Cahokia Mounds Museum Society plans to host events outside of the Interpretive Center during the closure.

Read More:

Jan 23, 2020 | Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Receives Second Federal Grant Jan 23, 2020

Dec 20, 2018 | Cahokia Mounds Museum Society awarded $100,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities Dec 20, 2018

Sep 21, 2020 | Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center Sets New Hours Sep 21, 2020

Mar 7, 2021 | Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center Visitor Reservations Now Available Mar 7, 2021

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