Educational Resources


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Museum Tours

Dear Friends,

The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University will re-open October 6, 2015. We have been closed for two years during construction of our new building.  The new museum is located on the southeast corner of the AU campus at 1315 Prairie St. The building houses the new Aurora University Welcome Center, the Ethel Tapper Recital Hall, and the Schingoethe Center. 

We look forward to hosting your group in the future. We have some updates to share with you regarding important changes.

Respectfully,

Meg Bero

Executive Director

Schingoethe Center of Aurora University

Guided Tours for Adult Groups

  • Exhibits: The new Schingoethe Center will combine the mission of the Schingoethe Art Gallery and the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures into one center, which will exhibit Native American art and artifacts and the work of non-Native artists as well.  One of our galleries will continually be devoted to our Native American collection.
  • Scheduling: Tours will resume on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. We will begin accepting tour reservations after January 10, 2016.
  • Time: Tours are available Tuesday-Friday mornings and are scheduled to begin between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. A typical tour runs for two (2) hours. No afternoon tours are available. To ensure availability, we recommend that ours be booked at least three weeks in advance.
  • Participants: Groups of 25 or less can be accommodated in our new  open floor plan galleries
  • Facilities: We do not have lunch facilities  
  • Cost: $5.00 per person

Museum Field Trips for School Groups and Scouts

  • Exhibits: The new Schingoethe Center will combine the mission of the Schingoethe Art Gallery and the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures into one center, which will exhibit Native American art and artifacts and the work of non-Native artists as well.  One of our galleries will continually be devoted to our Native American collection.
  • Scheduling: Tours will resume on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. We will begin accepting tour reservations after January 10, 2016.
  • Time: Field trips are available Tuesday-Friday mornings and are scheduled to begin between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. A typical tour runs for two (2) hours. No afternoon tours are available. To ensure availability, we recommend calling at least three weeks in advance.
  • Participants: Groups of 30 or less can be accommodated in our new  open floor plan galleries
  • Facilities: We do not have lunch facilities
  • Cost: $4.00 per person

 Discovery Boxes

  • Discovery boxes will become available for check-out starting January 10, 2016.  The dwellings boxes are $25.00 per box and all other boxes are $12.00 per box. The rental period for all discovery boxes is two weeks.
  • Available Discovery Boxes  at this time are:
    • Dwellings (1 & 2)
    • Plains
    • Northeast Woodlands (including a box on Illinois)
    • Southeast Woodlands
    • Southwest
    • Northwest Coast
    • Arctic/Subarctic



Children at the weaving loom

Here's what teachers and students are saying about our tours:

"We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful museum in our community."
Teacher, Gates Elementary School

"The museum more than satisfied our expectations! I'm thrilled that such a quality museum is local and affordable. The hands-on exhibits are great for young kids." Teacher, Smith School

"Our experience at the Schingoethe was fantastic! I appreciated the way your docent incorporated my classroom curriculum. It was such a nice day."
Amy May, Waltham Elementary School.

"Our docent was very courteous and pleasant. She was very knowledgeable and had a good rapport with the children. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely come back." Teacher, Hoover Wood Elementary School

"Your museum is awesome! My favorite parts were looking at stone tools and building the wigwam." Student, Waltham Elementary School

"We got to explore the whole museum. It was great to learn about Native Americans. I now know a lot more than I did." Student, Waltham Elementary School


Classroom Resources

Discovery Boxes:Discovery Box

Discovery Boxes are portable containers which include educational artifacts, background material and suggested activities on a topic of Native American culture. Discovery Boxes may be checked out by schools for a two week period. There is a charge of $12.00 per box (except for the dwellings boxes which are $25.00 per box).

Discovery Boxes will become available for check-out starting January 10, 2016. To schedule a Discovery Box, contact us at (630) 844-7843, or use our online order form.

Professional Educator Development

Half-day, full day, and week long teacher workshops are a specialty of the Schingoethe Museum. Contact us for more information.


Public Programming

Watch the local press or sign up to our mailing list to read about our public programs. Speakers, demonstrations and informal discussions are a regular part of our offerings. We'd also be interested in providing a meeting place for groups with similar interests.