We recently went to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University in Lisle and were so impressed! There are over 3,500 mammals, birds, sea creatures, reptiles, amphibians, insects, skeletons, and more to examine and learn about throughout the museum.
When we arrived, the museum director Karly offered us a scavenger hunt sheet, clipboard, and pencil. It was a great way to engage my kids to start a game to search for certain animals, which lead them around the museum and encouraged exploration.
They ask that you don’t touch the taxidermy, but there are a few areas where kids can touch and play. There is a touch table towards the front with different objects to learn about and look closely at with a magnifying glass. The learning center in the center has benches with pelts to feel, which is also used during field trips and group outings. They also recently added a table so your kids can enjoy free nature play.
Most of the specimens are from the World’s Fair in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, passed on by the Field Museum.
Bringing Your Group to Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum does field trips and guided tours for schools, daycares, homeschoolers, scouts, families, and more! Birch Hall and the museum are fully accessible and free to all. Donations are accepted and the suggested donation is $2 per child. Please note that you need to request a tour visit for groups with the Education Coordinator, Laura Hall, in advance. Click here for more details about guided tours with contact information.
Discovery Box Loan Program
Ever need an activity that your kids can do at home? The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum offers discovery boxes that you can check out, similar to the library. The boxes contain specimens, background information, visual aids, curricular guides, and suggested activities. Families as well as teachers and schools are welcome to check them out. The types of available Discovery Boxes is extensive with more that 40 options, including Tropical Rain Forests, All About Birds, World of Fish, Frogs and Toads, North American Desert, Dinosaurs, and more.
Directions to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is located on the second floor of the Birck Hall of Science at Benedictine University in Lisle. When you drive into the campus, stay to the left and you’ll see a large parking lot. Birck Hall of Science is the building directly behind the map along the parking lot. You can enter through any door and head upstairs where you’ll see signs for the nature museum.
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532
Hours and Admission
September through April
Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday – Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
June and July
Tuesday – Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
or by appointment
The museum is open by appointment only in May and August.
Admission is free and donations are kindly accepted.
Interested in exploring other nature centers? Check out our Nature Centers article and bring the outdoors inside!