Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum

Welcome to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum

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.

 

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The museum currently has over 3,500 specimens on display!


Awards Announcement!

Illinois Association of Museums 2016 Awards

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is honored to have been named the Small Institution of the Year for 2016 from the Illinois Association of Museums!

In addition, the museum also received an Award of Excellence for the Discovery Box Loan Program, a free program that serves over 11,000 local students and educators annually. We also received an Award of Excellence for the Discovery Days Education and Outreach Program Series, our new free program series with the goal of highlighting native plants and animals while connecting people with nature through fun, hands-on programs.


Left to Right: JSNM Advisory Board Chair, Anne Marie Smith,
Director/Curator, Karly Tumminello, and Education Coordinator, Laura Hall

 

We want to take a moment to thank all of our generous donors who continue to support our efforts. These programs are donor supported, and your generosity allows us to offer all of our programs and services free to the community! We could not do this work without you. Thank you! 

If you would like to make a contribution to the museum to support our ongoing S.T.E.M. and life science programs, please contact us at JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6531. Thank you for your support!

 


Outreach Spotlight

Little Free Library at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum

The museum has been a part of the Little Free Library movement since 2014. The Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" free book exchange program. There are over 36,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide. 

The museum sponsors a library rack stocked with environmental/nature focused books for all ages. The library is conveniently located in the hallway just outside the main entrance to the museum, and is therefore accessible to the public during all University open hours. 

 


 

If you would like to make a book donation of new or lightly used, nature-themed literature, please call (630) 829-6531 or drop them off at the museum front desk. We would appreciate the help in keeping our Little Free Library well-stocked!



The museum will be closed for Thanksgiving Break 11/23 - 11/27


Open Hours:
Monday - Thursday
1:00pm - 5:00pm
and
Friday - Sunday
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Admission is free.
Open to the public.
All are welcome!

Contact us:
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Birck Hall of Science
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 829-6569

 

Museum Education
Laura Hall

(Discovery Box Reservations
& Tour Requests)
(630) 829-6546

Director/Curator
Karly Tumminello

(Employment, Internships, Exhibits,
Jr. Internship Program, Membership)
(630) 829-6531

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BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Facebook Museum Open Hours

Monday - Thursday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday - Sunday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Group tours are available by appointment

Location
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
2nd Floor of Birck Hall