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!

Program Spotlight

Jr. Internships

The museum provides a unique learning environment that inspires life science education. We have expanded our outreach services to include a Jr. Internship program for local 6th - 12th grade students. This free program provides hands-on learning experiences and interactive demonstrations exemplifying the work and research conducted at a natural history museum. Topics include collections care, the inventory and catalog processes, museum education, and exhibit research.

During the summer sessions, students will work on a science project and conduct research on a topic of their interest. Their work will be showcased in a special exhibit at the museum. Students can participate in one or both of the summer sessions.

Current Session

Spring Session: 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Thursdays, January 22, 2015 - May 28, 2015


Upcoming Sessions

Summer Session I: 1:00pm - 2:15pm, Thursdays, June 4 - June 25, 2015
                   Registration for Session 1 is now closed.

Summer Session II: 1:00pm - 2:15pm, Thursdays, July 9 - July 30, 2015
               *** We still have openings for Session 2! Register today! ***


Please contact the curator, Karly Tumminello, for more information: (630) 829-6531 or ktumminello@ben.edu 




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!

Learn more about Fr. Ted >

Contributions to the museum in Fr. Ted's name can be made by contacting Karly Tumminello.




Summer Hours:

June 2 - July 30
Tuesday- Thursday

1:00pm - 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

Karly Tumminello

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

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Facebook Museum Summer Hours

June - July
Tuesday - Thursday    1:00pm - 4:00pm

Or by appointment: (630) 829-6546
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
2nd Floor of Birck Hall