The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is a small natural history museum located on the second floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science at Benedictine University. The museum represents the work of Fr. Hilary Jurica, O.S.B. and his brother, Fr. Edmund Jurica, O.S.B. who collected specimens for their students to use during their almost 100 combined years of teaching at Benedictine University.
The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum has a collection of almost 10,000 exhibited items, and includes a pair of menacing African lions, a black bear, a whale skeleton, and bird and animal collections.
A coal exhibit celebrates one of Illinois’ most abundant natural resources. The exhibit includes information about how and when coal was formed, how it is mined, how it is transported, and the various types of coal. The exhibit features coal specimens and pre-coal fossils collected over the years.