Educational Resources

*The Schingoethe Museum and Art Gallery will be closed until 2015.*

Aurora University is pleased to announce that the Schingoethe Museum and Art Gallery will be relocated to the new Welcome Center, a 21,000-square-foot building that will serve vital purposes, in the fall of 2014. One wing of the Welcome Center will house the Schingoethe Museum with collections and exhibits oriented around a large central art gallery.

Watch this page for updates!

Questions? Please call 630-844-7843 or email


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Museum Tours | Classroom Materials and Resources | Professional Development for Educators | Public Programming | Pre-Tour Activities |

Discovery Boxes | Audio-Visual Materials | Traveling Exhibits

Museum Tours

Guided tours are available on Tuesday-Friday mornings for school, special interest and adult groups. The Schingoethe Center can accommodate groups of up to 60 students or 25 adults. The average tour lasts approximately two hours. To ensure availability, we recommend that tours be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

There is a nominal fee of $3.00 per student for school groups and $4.00 per person for adult groups. For a small additional charge, we can provide customized tours and presentations focusing on specific aspects of Native American culture. To schedule a tour, contact us at 630-844-7843.

Children at the weaving loom

Click Here to access our pre-tour activities

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 Materials and Resources

The Schingoethe Center is a source for a wide variety of educational resources that may be borrowed for classroom use or home study, including "Discovery Boxes," audio-visual resources, and traveling exhibits. A brief description is provided below, or click here to go to a complete catalog of available 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 $10.00 per box (except for the Dwellings boxes which are $20.00 per box).

 Because of the popularity of the Discovery Boxes, schools may check out a maximum of five boxes at a time. To schedule a Discovery Box, contact us at 630-844-7843, or click here to go to the online order form.

Educational Videos and Audio-Visual Material:

The Schingoethe Center maintains an extensive school film lending library. Because most of the videos are single copies, we restrict their borrowing to schools and other educational groups. There is a $3.00 handling charge per video.

Professional Development for Educators

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

Public ProgrammingSherman Alexie lecturing to an audienceBen Bearskin Jr.

Watch the local press or become a member of the Friends of the Schingoethe Center and read about our public programs in the Center's newsletter, Spreading Wings. 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.

Image at left: Ben Bearskin Jr.

Image at right: Sherman Alexie