The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is a small natural history museum located on the second floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science at Benedictine University. The museum represents the work of Fr. Hilary Jurica, O.S.B. and his brother, Fr. Edmund Jurica, O.S.B. who collected specimens for their students to use during their almost 100 combined years of teaching at Benedictine University. In the early 1970's, the Museum was placed in the hands of Fr. Theodore Suchy, O.S.B. who turned their collection of specimens into a thriving nature museum. Fr. Ted continued collecting and the collection grew to over 10,000 specimens, ranging from a tiny aphid to a whale skeleton. The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is open to the public as well as to school groups to enjoy and learn from the life's work of these three dedicated Monks. Click this link to find out more about the history of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum.
The museum currently has over 3,100 specimens on display!
Animal Ambassadors: Freshwater Turtles
The museum's new live animal exhibit features
a Common Musk Turtle and a Common Mud Turtle!
It is with much sadness that we share the news that Fr. Theodore D. Suchy passed away on Sunday evening, October 28, 2012. Ever since he came to St. Procopius College as a student, he dedicated his life to this campus. He taught, ran the Biology department, was the campus chaplain, associate campus minister, director of Kohlbeck Hall, and curator of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. We will miss you Fr. Ted!
Contributions to the museum in Fr. Ted's name can be made by contacting Karly Tumminello.
Museum Summer Hours:
(June 1st - July 31st)
Tuesday - Thursday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Or by appointment
Admission is free.
Open to the public.
All are welcome!
Discovery Box Reservations
& Tour Requests:
Jr. Internship Program: