General Information birksmuseum

The Birks Museum is located in Gorin Hall at Millikin University. The museum was founded for the purpose of storing and sharing timeless works of art and craft with the University as well as the community, both local and global.


The Birks Museum was dedicated on May 23, 1981, and is housed in what was the reading room of Millikin University’s second library, in Gorin Hall. The exhibit space takes great advantage of the soaring ceilings, exquisite woodwork on the walls, and simple peacefulness of this space. The parts of the collections which are not displayed are meticulously stored in what was the library’s book stacks.

Located at:

Gorin Hall Second Floor
1184 West Main St
Decatur, IL 62522
ph: 217-424-6337


Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays during Millikin’s school year.


The museum welcomes tour groups but we ask that you call ahead ph: 217-424-6337 to discuss the needs of your tour.

Temporary Exhibitions

If you are a collector and you would like to discuss having your collection in a show at the Birks Museum, contact Curator Ed Walker at (217) 424-6228.


Donations are welcome and necessary for the upkeep and improvement efforts of this historical museum.