Schingoethe Center of Aurora University

The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University will reopen in the fall of 2015.

Welcome Center

Aurora University is pleased to announce that the Schingoethe Center will be relocated to the new Welcome Center, a 21,000-square-foot building that will serve vital purposes, in 2015. One wing of the Welcome Center will house the Schingoethe with collections and exhibits oriented around a large central art gallery.

We are currently working on developing new exhibits and programs. Please check here for updates.

For more information, please call 630-844-7843 or e-mail us at museum@aurora.edu.

 For questions about field trips, please read this Letter to Educators.

Our award-winning exhibits include:

  • "Unraveling Revelations: Decoding the Prophetic Charts," curated by students in the MST2200 Museum Exhibitions course, Award of Excellence in Exhibitions from Illinois Association of Museums (2012)
  • "M.A.I.Z.E. (Museum Artifact Inquiry ZonE) educational project," developed by Meg Bero and Randy and Debbie Steinheimer, Awards of Superior Achievement from Illinois Association of Museums and Illinois State Historical Society (2002, 2003)
  • "Museum of the Mysteries," Curator: Meg Bero, Awards of Superior Achievement from Illinois Association of Museums and Illinois State Historical Society (2002, 2003)
  • "Native Peoples of Illinois:1673-1835," Curators: Dr. Donna Bachman, Mary C. Kennedy, Meg Bero, Award of Superior Achievement from Illinois State Historical Society (2001)
  • Nizhnoni Gallery and "The World of the Kachina," Curator: Meg Bero, Award of Excellence from Illinois Association of Museums (2003)

What is being said about the Schingoethe Center:

"I really enjoyed visiting the Schingoethe Museum. I learned a lot and liked knowing it is a resource as a teacher." Aurora University Student

"I thought I knew a lot about Native Americans but visiting the museum enhanced my learning. It was especially helpful to see the maps and talk about culture and environment."  Aurora University Student

"Incorporating different cultural educational traditions and educating students on different cultural religious traditions are only of benefit to the future student's education and acceptance of diversity." Aurora University Student

"An institution such as Aurora University (especially given its size) is extremely fortunate to have a museum and center such as the Schingoethe. The exhibits and lectures have enriched the content of my courses and bolstered the overall quality of my instruction." Aurora University Professor

"The presentation in the Schingoethe Center was engaging, drew the students in, presented them with  much information that was new to them and drew them to the present issues of education and life in general for today's Native American. As we left the session I heard our students engaging in discussions about what the had learned, how they had never thought about things in quite that way. It was a wonderful experience for all of us." Aurora University Professor

"This museum is one of Aurora's hidden 'gems.' Thank you!" Teacher, Smith School

Volunteering Opportunities

Are you a life long learner? Do you enjoy working with the public? Would you like to make a contribution? If so, then why not become a Schingoethe Center docent?

Please click here to learn more about our volunteering opportunities.