The museum will be closed for the Winter Intersession from Friday, December 15, 2017 to Monday, January 15, 2018.
We will resume normal open hours beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Monday - Thursday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday - Sunday 2:00pm - 4:00pm
(Note: The Winter Intersession break is December 15th to January 15th.)
June - July
Tuesday - Thursday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
During the August, December/January, and May Intersessions we offer open hours by appointment only.
We request you check our website or call ahead as our hours do change seasonally: (630) 829-6546 or (630) 829-6531
We are closed on most holidays.
All group tours are by appointment only (please see details below).
Educational Tours: School Groups, Homeschool Groups, Families, and Scout Troops
The museum offers free educational tours with customizable activities that can be used to reinforce classroom curriculum. These interactive tours are led by our museum educators. We specialize in tours for school groups, homeschool individuals or alliances, and scout troops.
Our tours are tailored for your group's age range, and we offer engaging scavenger hunts, interactive specimen programs in our Learning circle, and lab activities for all age groups: Pre-K through College. We generally accommodate up to 30 students per museum tour. However, in some instances, we can split larger groups (up to 70 students total) between the museum tour and the museum activity room.
Educators/parents are responsible for maintaining their group while in the museum. One chaperone is requested for every 10 children for ages 6 years and older. One chaperone is requested for every 3 children for ages 3 years to 6 years. Parents are welcome to accompany tours, but please include them in your total guest count when signing up.
Chaperones must stay with their group and assist the tour leaders in facilitating a safe and enjoyable tour experience.
Tours typically last for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Educational Tours: Senior Groups, Artists, and Nature Guilds
We also offer free, private tours for senior groups, artists, photographers, nature guilds, and other environmental enthusiasts. Any group can schedule a private tour of the museum. Individual artists are also welcome to request special access to the museum.
Tours typically last for 1 hour. Artists can schedule up to 4 hour blocks of time.
All guided and private tours are available by appointment only. Please read the following carefully:
To request a tour date, please complete our visit request form. We will contact you within 2 business days with a tour confirmation. if you do not hear from us, please call (630) 829-6546.
For all general inquires, questions, or concerns, please feel free to e-mail us at JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6546 to speak with our Museum Education Coordinator, Laura Hall.
Tours are typically scheduled during morning hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Special accommodations may be made for afternoon, evening, or weekend tours, depending on the availability of our staff. Tours can be scheduled up to one year in advance.
All of our tours and educational programs are offered free of charge. Donations are kindly accepted.
All tour reservations will receive a confirmation email. If you are new to your facility, or you do not receive a confirmation for a tour you believe is scheduled with us, please call (630) 829-6546 to confirm ahead of time. We also provide a map of campus, parking information, and directions to the 2nd floor of Birck Hall.
If your group intends to eat lunch on campus, this must be arranged with the Museum Education Coordinator when you book your tour. Lunches are available for purchase during most times of the year. We can also make arrangements if your class needs space to eat brown bag lunches. No food or drink is allowed in the museum.
*Please note: during the summer months we host the Benedictine University Summer Fun Day Camps on Wednesdays (beginning June 1st and ending August 10th). We are not able to schedule other tours on those days. Please send in your requests your tours as early as possible so that we can work with your group to find a good date for you to visit.
Please familiarize your group with the rules of the museum prior to your visit.
In order to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment of their trip to the museum, we ask that all visitors:
1) Use walking feet when in the museum (no running)
2) Use indoor voices (no shouting or yelling)
3) Keep hands to yourself (no touching the museum specimens or cases)
There is a coat rack available in the hallway for jackets and backpacks. Food and drink is prohibited in the museum and may be left with the front desk attendant during your visit. Please help us keep the museum clean by not touching the museum case fronts.
Please let your tour leaders know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please follow this link for a campus map: http://www.ben.edu/about/location.cfm
The museum is located on the 2nd floor of the Birck Hall of Science.
Free visitor parking is available in the Parking Garage, in the Krasa parking lot, and in the Visitor Parking spaces near the Neff Center. Parking for buses or vans is available in the Krasa parking lot and in the Neuzil parking lot.
Handicap parking is available in the student parking lot located to the south of Birck Hall. A handicap accessible entrance to Birck Hall is located at the north end of the sidewalk between Birck Hall and Kindlon Hall. Elevators are located at the north end of Birck Hall.
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Staff Members
Mrs. Laura Hall
Please note: Due to the small size of our staff and the number of outreach events we participate in, we are not always on campus and available to take your phone call or email. We are happy to hear from you and we will contact you as soon as possible, but please be patient and allow at least 48 hours for our response. Thank you!
In loving memory of Rev. Theodore D. Suchy, O.S.B.
Ask about our new Scout programs!
We will help you achieve a portion of a badge! Call for details: 630-829-6546
Scout programs include a guided museum tour and Learning Circle, an animal scavenger hunt, and a group activity that aligns with a badge requirement. Programs are 1.5 - 2 hours long.
All museum education and outreach activities are free of charge. Donations are kindly accepted.
The Museum and the Birck Hall of Science are fully accessible to people of all abilities. Accessible parking is located to the south of the building. For directions and ease of use recommendations, please contact a museum staff member prior to your visit by calling 630-829-6546.