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 3,500 specimens on display!
The museum provides a unique learning experience for all ages. As part of our outreach efforts, we host undergraduate and graduate internships and volunteer positions. These opportunities give museum studies students hands-on experience working in a natural history museum. Students learn how to guide tours, develop curriculum for our Discovery Boxes, or assist with cataloging and inventory.
Internship positions are still available for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. Students must seek academic credit through their institution for an internship position. Volunteer positions are also available for those not seeking academic credit. Both positions require a set commitment of time.
For details, call (630) 829-6569 or email JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu.
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.
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.
Friday - Sunday
Please note: the museum will be open by appointment only between May 13th and May 30th.
Call (630) 829-6569 in advance to schedule a visit during this time.
Summer hours will begin on May 31st: Tuesday - Thursday 1pm - 4pm
(Discovery Box Reservations
& Tour Requests)
(Employment, Internships, Exhibits,
Jr. Internship Program, Membership)