Explore Beckman

Explore Beckman

Explore the Beckman Institute

The Beckman Institute's architects designed the building to connect people. And while it's large, it's also full of welcoming spaces.


Beckman's distinctive tower is easy to spot on the north side of the University of Illinois campus.

Inside, you'll find:

  • A three-story laboratory wing to the north
  • A five-story office wing to the south
  • An atrium connecting these two parallel sections
  • Conference rooms and meeting spaces in the five-story tower

Study at Beckman

The Beckman Institute features an open atrium with tables and chairs, interesting sculptures, and plenty of atmosphere. Grab a cup of coffee and a snack from the Beckman Cafe, and study for an hour or two.

Eleven bridges, each containing a furnished lounge area, span the atrium and serve as walkways between the office and laboratory wings. They're perfect for an informal meeting or brainstorming session.

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Reserve a temporary office space

Those visiting a particular Beckman Institute faculty member, researcher, or staff member may request temporary office space free of charge. To learn more about this option, email Beckman's Office of Space Reservations or call 217-244-8379

Exhibits within the Beckman Institute

Learn about Arnold Beckman

Inside the south entrance, find details about Arnold Beckman, the Illinois alumnus who founded the Beckman Institute with his wife, Mabel.

Learn about his childhood in Cullom, Illinois, remarkable career, and generous funding of scientific research.

Illinois MRI Exhibit

This exhibit, located off the east atrium, celebrates the past, present, and future of MRI research at Illinois.