Summer Open Hours
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, and during University winter and spring breaks.
All group tours are by appointment only (see below).
Educational Tours: School Groups, Home-school 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, home-school individuals or groups, 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. Chaperones must stay with their group and assist the tour leaders in facilitating a safe and enjoyable tour experience.
Tours typically last for 1 1/2 - 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 of 3 visitors or more can schedule a private tour of the museum. Individual artists are also welcome to request special access to the museum.
Artists may also borrow select specimens on a 2-week basis. Contact the Director/Curator for details: 630-829-6531
Tours typically last 1 - 2 hours. Artists can schedule up to 5 hour blocks of time.
All guided and private tours are available by appointment only.
To request a tour date, please complete our visit request form. 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 can be made for afternoon, evening, or weekend tours. 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.
*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)
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. Karly Tumminello
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.