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 almost 10,000 specimens ranging from a tiny aphid to a rorqual 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.
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.
The museum will be closed for the Thanksgiving Break,
November 28th to December 1st.
We resume normal hours on December 2, 2013.
Museum Open Hours:
Monday - Thursday
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday - Sunday
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Admission is free.
Open to the public.
All are welcome!
(Please note: The museum will be open by appointment only between December 16th and January 19th. Call 630-829-6546 in advance to schedule a visit.)