Educational Resources


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Museum Tours

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: Spring 2016 tours end April 29th.
  • 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 tours 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: Spring 2016 tours end April 29th.
  • 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



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 Box

Discovery Boxes

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.

  • Boxes are $12.00 per box except for Dwellings Boxes which are $25.00 per box. The rental period for all discovery boxes is two weeks.
  • Available Discovery Boxes at this time are:
    • Northeast Woodlands
    • Southwest
    • Illinois #1
    • Illinois #2
    • Dwellings 1
    • Dwellings 2
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.