Hours, Admission, and Location

Museum Hours During the Academic Year

Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday -  Sunday Closed

Please note: The center is closed on weekends and holidays observed by the University. Irregular hours may be held during University term breaks.  Please call (630) 844-7843 to confirm hours of operation.

Group tours are by appointment. Please see the Educational Resources page for more information regarding tours for adults and young adults.

Museum Holiday Hours

The museum will be closed to the public:

April 16 - September 19, 2018

November 21-23, 2018

December 17, 2018 - January 30, 2019

January 21, 2019

April 19, 2019

April 29, 2019 - TBD

Admission

Admission is FREE - but donations are welcome!

The following is a list of our suggested donations.  Your admission donations help us to provide services, exhibits, and programs to the larger community.

Adults $3.00 donation
Children under 12 $1.00 donation
Students and seniors $2.00 donation
Family $7.00 maximum donation

Location and Directions

Our address is 1315 Prairie Street, Aurora, IL 60506. We are located inside the Hill Welcome Center on Aurora University's Main Campus.

View the AU Campus Map to see parking facilities and campus details.

From Chicago:

  1. Take I-290 W
  2. Follow I-290 W to I-88 W
  3. Continue on I-88 W. Look for signs for Orchard Road.
  4. Take the Orchard Road exit.
  5. Turn left (south) onto Orchard Road
  6. Continue on Orchard Road for about 4 miles until you reach Prairie Street.
  7. Turn left (east) onto Prairie Street.
  8. Continue on Prairie Street until you see the Hill Welcome Center/Schingoethe Center on your left-hand side. The museum is located at 1315 Prairie Street (on the corner of Prairie Street and University Parkway/Calumet Avenue).

From the Southern Suburbs:

  1. Take 294-North to the East-West Tollway (I-88).
  2. Take Orchard Road exit.
  3. Turn left (south) onto Orchard Road.
  4. In about 4 miles, turn left (east) onto Prairie Street.
  5. The museum is located at 1315 Prairie Street (on the corner of Prairie Street and University Parkway/Calumet Avenue).

From the Northern and Northwestern Suburbs:

  1. Take either 294-South, Route 59, or Route 53/I-355-South to the East-West Tollway (I-88).
  2. Take Orchard Road exit.
  3. Turn left (south) on Orchard Road.
  4. In about 4 miles, turn left (east) onto Prairie Street.
  5. The museum is located at 1315 Prairie Street (on the corner of Prairie Street and University Parkway/Calumet Avenue).

From Southern and Central Illinois:

  1. Take Route 47-North through Yorkville and turn right at Prairie Street.
  2. In about 2 miles, take another right to stay on Prairie Street.
  3. The museum is located at 1315 Prairie Street (on the corner of Prairie Street and University Parkway/Calumet Avenue).

Still having trouble finding us? Call us at (630) 844-7843 and a staff member will direct you!