Educational Resources


Museum Tours | Classroom Resources | Professional Development for Educators | Public Programming | Discovery Boxes |


Museum Tours

Guided tours are available on Tuesday-Friday mornings for special interest and adult groups. The Schingoethe Center can accommodate groups of up to 30 students or 25 adults. To ensure availability, we recommend that tours be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

There is a nominal fee of $4.00 per student for school groups and $5.00 per person for adult groups. For more information about planning a field trip, please read our Letter to Educators. To schedule a tour, contact us at (630) 844-7843.



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).

To schedule a Discovery Box, contact us at (630) 844-7843, or click here to go to the online order form.

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 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.