Featured Science Museums/Exhibits

Midwest Museum of Natural History

Travel through the North American biomes, from the arctic tundra to the desert, continue to the African watering hole, then jump back in time 12,000 years to observe the life and changes of the Ice Age. 425 West State St., Sycamore, IL 60178. DeKalb County. Tel: 815-895-9777. Fee.... More Info

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American Fluorite Museum

Main St. & Hwy. 34, Rosiclare, IL 62982. Located in what used to be the office building of the Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Mining Company, the museum offers an in-depth look at the mining industry and items such as brightly colored ore, photographs, equipment, and a mine tailing. Fee.


Kirk and Pine St., Batavia, IL 60510. 630-840-5588. Visit a U.S. Department of Energy particle physics laboratory, tour the accelerator and control room, and have a Q&A with a physicist. See exhibits, have a workshop in the center's lab, or book an outdoor field trip and study bison, plants, and insects. Free/Fee.

Museum of Broadcast Communication

360 North State St., Chicago, IL 60654. 312-245-8200. Tours offer an array of broadcast memorabilia and information for school, scout and homeschool groups that can be tailored for a specific learning experience from their radio and television collection. Fee.

Orpheum Children's Science Museum

346 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820. 217-352-5895. A great place to engage children in science activities, while keeping things fun. Students and scouts might meet and learn about reptiles, or participate in a design challenge, like building a miniature solar-powered car. Fee.