Welcome to the Illinois Distributed Museum

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has given the world many major breakthroughs in engineering, science, agriculture, and biology since its founding in 1867. Use this guide to explore the innovations in engineering and technology that have occurred at the Illinois campus. This will also present you a guide to permanent historical artifacts and displays that are located on the Engineering Campus and in Illinois museums.

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Explore this section to find information about the inventions and concepts born at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including a multimedia approach to the history and significance of each innovation.

People and Collaborations

Here you will find links to individual biographies of key people as well as pages that illustrate the collaboration networks between people involved in a single project.


Learn how particular Illinois innovations impacted subsequent technologies and developments. This section also includes side-by-side comparisons of early and recent technologies.

Places to See

Use this section of the site to plan a visit to the historical sites, artifacts, and displays located throughout the Engineering Campus and Illinois museums.