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

Inside the south tower entrance, learn about Arnold Beckman, the University of Illinois alumnus who founded the Beckman Institute with his wife, Mabel.

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

Included in the items on display: Arnold's 90th birthday card, signed by five U.S. presidents.

Coming soon!

In fall 2020, the Beckman Institute will open a new exhibit about Illinois' contributions to magnetic resonance imaging.