Visit the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum


Museum Now Open on a Limited Basis

At this time, the museum will offer limited hours to the BenU Community. Students, staff, and faculty of BenU are welcome to visit during limited open hours. BenU class visits are available by appointment. 

The museum is now open to the general public for limited hours. During summer 2022 we will be open on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Visitors must register for a time to visit through this link: 

Admission to the museum is free. Donations are kindly accepted, and all donations go directly toward the care of the collections and educational programs.

Groups of more than 5 people must call ahead to schedule a visit: 630-829-6531. No guided group tours are offered at this time. Groups are limited to a maximum of 15 people at this time. Group visits must only be persons over the age of 5 years old.

Our Science Speaker Series is recorded and now available as part of our virtual resources on the museum's YouTube channel. Also like and follow us on the museum's Facebook and Instagram (@JSNMatBU). 


Due to limited staff, guided tours and the Discovery Box Loan Program are suspended at this time. Please see our virtual resources. Feel free to reach out with any questions:

Virtual Tour

Intended Audiences: School, Homeschool, Daycare, Families, and Scout Troops
Intended grade levels: K-5th Grades

The museum's virtual tour includes a 10-minute narrated tour of the museum, and an accompanying worksheet packet focused on nature walks and nature play activities. The guided tour highlights parts of the museum collections and provides fascinating facts about the natural world. The tour includes information on taxidermy, seed dispersal, squirrels, backyard birds, water birds, echinoderms, mollusks, insects, and turtles. The worksheets include nature journal prompts, nature walk activities, a moon journal, outdoor/out the window nature scavenger hunt, and more. 

For information, please email

Free and open to all. Donations are kindly accepted.


 Sea Turtle Interior of the museum Frogs and Toads

Museum Podcast

The museum's new podcast, Out of the Discovery Box, launched October 1, 2020! This monthly podcast highlights local wildlife, facts about native plants and animals, nature walk activities, and more. After our summer break, Season 2 will begin in September 2021!
Listen to the podcast here:


 Sea Turtle Skull Tully Monster Fossil Butterfly specimens

Museum Worksheets

To request the free PDF packet of custom museum worksheets please email us at

Be sure to check out the museum's Resources page for a selection of mazes, word searches, scavenger hunts, and more! Similar activities are posted weekly on our museum Facebook page at Follow us to stay connected!


Rocks and Minerals  T-rex skull cast  Topical birds

Museum Educational Videos

Check out the museum's new YouTube Channel for educational videos! 

Save the date for our JSNM 50th Anniversary Science Speaker Series! New virtual lectures will be available weekly beginning Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Our 50th anniversary will be held November 18-19th. Our keynote speaker, Dr. J. Drew Lanham will be held November 19, 2021 at 5:00pm on Zoom. Details to follow.

Please note: The museum is currently closed until further notice.
Directions to Benedictine University campus

Please follow this link for a campus map:
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 

Mrs. Karly Tumminello

Mrs. Karly Tumminello
630-829-6531 | BK 229



Ms. Colleen Filipek 
Museum Collections Manager
630-829-1142 | BK 215






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!



Rev. Theodore D. Suchy, O.S.B.

In loving memory of Rev. Theodore D. Suchy, O.S.B.
Curator Emeritus, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
December 4, 1940 - October 28, 2012






 Disability-Aware Business

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.

Image Usage Rights
Participation in any of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum's programs constitutes an agreement by the participant to authorize the museum to photograph participants from time to time, without compensation, for possible use in publicity, website, and marketing efforts to promote the University and its programs and activities.


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