- Examine the factors which qualify Cahokia as a city or urban center.
- Discuss the tradition known as Mississippian, of which Cahokia was a part.
- Explain the archaeological and anthropological research, analyses, and processes that reveal this information to us.
- Disseminate this information to the general public to educate and inform through our Interpretive Center exhibits, educational programs, special events, educational literature and other interpretive activities.
Interpretive Center Information
The Interpretive Center Gallery is self-guided. Volunteers are available to answer visitor questions.
The Interpretive Center is open 9am to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday from November 1st through April 30th. The Interpretive Center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
There is no admission fee, but the suggested donation is $4 for adults and $2 for children, $10 maximum per family.
How to Schedule the Orientation Theater & Exhibit Gallery
Field Trips & Group Visits and Reservations are required for all groups. A two-week notice is needed. Groups are limited to 70; larger groups will need to be divided. The orientation show City of the Sun is shown once an hour from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
To schedule a group visit or field trip download the Group Reservation Form, complete and fax to 618-397-1945 or mail to:
Tourism Bureau of Southwestern Illinois
10950 Lincoln Trail
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Group Reservation Forms my also be obtained by calling (618) 346-5174. Please leave a message that includes the fax number or mailing address the form can be sent to.
When completing Group Reservation forms, please include preferred and alternative dates and times for a visit. Request will be checked against the schedule and a confirmation sent within one week.