4005 Gabrielle Ln.
Aurora, IL 60504-7929
Phone: (630) 820-3400
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Arts & Museums
A 12 acre (4.85 hectares) outdoor history museum in Naperville, Illinois, The Naper Settlement consists of 30 historical buildings and structures, including the Martin Mitchell Mansion, a 12 room house and a schoolhouse. What sets this place apart from other museums is the highly interactive participation here, as guides are dressed in period costumes, even adopting the accents of those times, making the experience a lot more realistic. There are also frequent re-enactments of historical events and battles and other themes like Haunted Nights. The place is a delight for kids, who get to learn while having fun.
The DuPage Children's Museum uses play to stimulate interest among children in maths, science and the arts. The museum offers creative programs for schools, parents and teachers. Children have access to the exhibits and can play games. Adults and parents can use the library for reading and study material and books on child rearing and positive parenting. Explore their store to buy educational gifts and toys.
Located in a historic 1894 fire station, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum preserves and promotes the history of fire departments in the city. Artifacts and memorabilia are on display, as well as interactive exhibits that educate and entertain children and adults alike. They also organize workshops in fire safety and prevention. The museum is open for walk-in visitors from Thursdays to Saturdays between 1:00p to 4:00p.
Formed in 1906 to preserve and promote the history of Aurora, this museum contains three floors of changing exhibitions, as well as a great collection of photographs, books, maps, and other memorabilia. A museum and gift shop which carries an array of historic and art gifts is also on site.
More than 200 exhibits on light, magnetism, weather, math, physics, and chemistry can be found at this fun and entertaining science museum which encourages people of all ages to explore, discover, and experiment with the exhibits. An outdoor science park is also on site which features a virtual reality experience.
This museum is the former home of prominent Chicago businessman William Tanner. Curator Dennis Buck hopes to offer an interpretation of the home, as it existed in the 1870-90s, when the Tanner family resided here. Several rooms are available for viewing, and each is meant to portray a realistic picture of how the family lived. The decor is updated throughout the year to reflect the changing seasons. On occasion, the house is designed to show how the family might have prepared for a funeral or wedding. The gas light fixtures are retrofitted to run on electricity these days, but the architecture of the house is well preserved and evokes a by-gone era. The Aurora Historical Society also operates an archive here, displaying photos in every medium from glass plate negatives to tintypes. The museum also holds many archival records from the city, the courts and local businesses. Genealogical research is the primary day-to-day function of the museum.
Containing a collection of over 6,000 items of Native American arts, artifacts, and related materials donated by the Schingoethes, this museum explores historical and contemporary Native American cultures of North America through hands-on and interactive exhibits for all ages. An extensive Native American reference library is also on site.
Situated on 55 scenic acres, this living history museum is complete with a lake, ponds, a meandering stream, an arboretum with over 200 varieties of trees, and historic agricultural gardens. The village contains five large museum collections and visitors can enjoy period craft demonstrations, train and hay rides, and a gift shop while at this village.
The area's rich heritage is celebrated at this museum that is operated by the historical society and contains numerous historic displays including antique furnishings, exhibits on famous people in the area, and exhibits on past ways of life.
The Batavia Depot Museum, as the name suggests, preserves the history and heritage of the former Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Depot. Built in 1854, this depot’s preservation is a joint effort between the Batavia Historical Society and the Batavia Parks District, and its operation depends on volunteers from the local community. A visit to this museum will surely enlighten one on the importance of railroads, with a focus on Batavia.
The West Chicago City Museum is a distinguished museum site, located in the West Chicago region of the U.S. State of Illinois. It was formerly called the Turner Town Hall. Its construction dates back to 1884. The site has been registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure elegantly traces the Late Victorian and the Italianate styles of architecture. The building is predominantly a two story structure and is established on a foundation of limestone.
Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley is delighted to announce that the Fabyan Japanese Garden, an original feature of George & Nelle Fabyans' private estate, will open its doors to the public extra-early on Sunday, May 2nd. This Eden of tranquility will be open Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. From June to October, guests are also welcomed to tour the Century-old site on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Savor a moment or two of harmony with nature in the exquisite, Zen-like Garden while learning how to add a touch of magnificence to your own backyard. Guided tours share the Fabyans' fascinating story and explore the splendor of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. Discover the Fabyans' private collection of Asian artifacts, natural history specimens, original furniture, and plenty of surprises.