The gemarah Megillah 16b indicates that the Mishkan in Shiloh was destroyed. There does not seem to be any outright statement in the pesukim that this is the case. It says (Shmuel Alef chapter 4) that the aron was taken captive, but does not explicitly state that the entire Mishkan was destroyed, which I would take to mean the full structure was completely decimated in a manner similar to the way the temples were destroyed.

From where do we know that the Mishkan in Shiloh was in fact completely destroyed?

For reference see the sources in this article including: Yirmiyahu 7:12-15, and 26:6,9, Zevachim 118b, Rambam on Mishnayos Zevachim 14:7. CF the Hebrew wiki entry

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    Jeremiah chapter ~26 says so almost explicitly.
    – msh210
    Dec 22, 2014 at 2:13
  • Rashi Tehilim 74:8 says "Pelishtim Hechrivu Shilo" Jan 23, 2015 at 17:13
  • Counter-evidence: אמר רבי חייא בר אבין אמר רבי יהושע בן קרחה סח לי זקן אחד פעם אחת הלכתי לשילה והרחתי ריח קטורת מבין כותליה hebrewbooks.org/… Jan 23, 2015 at 17:53
  • i don't believe Mishkan Shilo was ever destroyed. It was simply put out of use when Dawid moved the Aron haQodesh to Jerusalem
    – Aaron
    Aug 29, 2016 at 20:10
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    Jeremiah mentions that God destroyed Shiloh (7:14 26:6,9). See too Psalms 78:60.
    – Double AA
    Aug 29, 2016 at 21:30

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''ותנא כשמת עלי הכהן חרבה שילה ובאו לנוב' And a tanna taught: When Eli the priest died, Shiloh was destroyed and the Jews arrived at Nov, where they erected the Tabernacle.[zevachim 118b]

it was not completely destroyed there still was some kind of a structure there אמר רבי חייא בר אבין אמר רבי יהושע בן קרחה סח לי זקן אחד פעם אחת הלכתי לשילה והרחתי
ריח קטורת מבין כותליה''יומא לט ב Rabbi Ḥiyya bar Avin said that Rabbi Yehoshua ben Korcḥa said: An old man reported to me: One time I went to Shiloh, and I smelled the smell of the incense from between its walls.

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