The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is open to the public as well as to school groups and private tours.
~ Free Admission, Donations Welcomed! ~
On display at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum are representative specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and other invertebrates. There are collections of skeletons, fossils, bird eggs, corals, mussels, crustaceans, and Native American artifacts. The most conspicuous feat is the 38-foot skeleton of a sei whale hanging from the ceiling at the center of the museum. Other specimens include a polar bear, Rocky Mountain goats and sheep, American bison, big cats such as a leopard, cougar, and lions, several kinds of wolves, several kinds of dinosaurs, and great apes. In addition the museum is home to a large collection of fish, and a large collection of bird specimens.
The full-sized dioramas include an African Savanna, Northern Illinois woodland, wetland and prairie scene, North American desert, Arctic tundra, and several other smaller dioramas.
The museum has a simply enchanting atmosphere. We welcome curious guests of all ages in their pursuit of wonder and knowledge of the natural world. Don’t miss the activity sheets and scavenger hunts to find out more about the specimens on display.
We also offer your choice of 50 Discover Boxes! These topic-specific lesson plans in a box include hands-on activities, an educational DVD video, display specimens, and interactive ideas. They engage and educate all ages, are a perfect addition to any curriculum, and can be used for classrooms, home school groups, child care facilities, libraries, historical societies, nature centers, and more! We serve the community by providing the opportunity to check out Discovery Boxes for FREE! Check one out today by calling our Education Coordinator (630) 829-6546 or email JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu.
We are conveniently located on the 2nd floor of the Birck Hall of Science, on campus at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.
Now Open 7 Days a Week! Free admission! Open to the Public!
September to May:
Monday – Thursday 1-5pm
Friday - Sunday 2-4pm