Museum Online Arctos Data Portal

Through the support of the museum's 2019-2021 IMLS Inspire! Grant, our paleonotogy and bird egg collections are available through our new Arctos data portal.

To search the collection data and media, please visit the JSNM Data Portal.




Below is an internal specimen search created by students between 2005 and 2012. These are biological profiles of the specimens on display in the museum. 

Museum Specimen Search

Search By Specimen Type:

and/or Search By Common Name:

and/or Keywords
Keyword(s) can be a specimen's Common Name, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, or Species. If you are unsure about the complete name or any other criteria you are searching for, type in the first three letters.

This catalog holds information about all of the specimens on exhibit (and perhaps, more) in the museum. Currently, there are a few hundred items on-line, though not all the information is complete for each item. We are continuously updating to get the most complete information possible. To view a specimen, simply choose a type below and select from the list on your left.

Donations of Specimens to the Museum

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum houses a collection of over 50,000 specimens. Much of our collection was built by the Jurica brothers, beginning in the early 1920's. The tradition of collecting life science specimens was continued with great enthusiasm by Fr. Suchy, O.S.B. over the past 40 years. 

In 2001, the museum moved from Scholl Hall to Birck Hall any many of the displays were enhanced and expanded. The most recent renovations, completed in 2011, included the formation and finishing touches on the five large-scale dioramas around the museum. 

Since that time, the museum has only been able to accept donations of specimens on a case-by-case basis. Due to storage constraints and limited display space, we currently are not actively seeking donations of specimens. However, we do still consider donations of specimens on a very limited basis, as outlined by our collections policy.

Our director-curator, Karly Tumminello, would be happy to discuss any potential donations of specimens, and outline the current policies we have regarding specimen donations. Please contact her directly at or (630) 829-6531. 


Please note: All specimens must have been obtained legally and ethically, and must have all proper documentation included. Delivery of specimens to the museum must be arranged in advance. Donors must sign all agreement forms. 
The donor incurs all costs of shipping/transporting the specimens to the museum. The museum does not perform any appraisals or assessments of value. All donations totaling over $5,000.00 must have a recent appraisal done by a third party appraiser. All donor contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law - please consult your tax advisor.

The museum will incur the costs of new acquisition isolation, pest monitoring and mitigation, installation, and future care of specimens. Monetary donations to assist in the continuing care of specimens is always greatly appreciated!
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Lisle, IL 60532
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