Discover History and Culture at Aurora Museums

October 7th, 2016 by

There’s no need to go all the way to Chicago to learn about history and culture. That’s because Aurora’s museums are full of interesting exhibits on intriguing topics, and they’re all close to home! Take a moment to find out what’s in store at Aurora’s museums, and then plan your visit to one or all of the options.

SciTech Museum

Located in the historic post office building in downtown Aurora, take advantage of the SciTech Museum, an interactive science museum. Here you’ll find more than 200 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) exhibits on topics such as weather, magnets, and astronomy, all ideal for families, school field trips, and group outings. Come to 18 W. Benton St. in Aurora to get started with a hands-on experience at the SciTech Museum!

SciTech Museum

Photo by SciTech Hands On Museum

Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Firefighting is a noble profession, and it’s one that the Aurora Regional Fire Museum seeks to honor. The museum preserves and exhibits artifacts from fire departments in Aurora and the surrounding areas as well as teaches and promotes fire safety and prevention. There are several interactive exhibits geared toward children, families, and firefighters alike. Explore a variety of artifacts, fire memorabilia, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other historical materials on display. Find the Aurora Regional Fire Museum at the corner of North Broadway and East New York Street during walk-in visitor hours.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Photo by Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Tanner House

There’s history everywhere in the Chicago suburbs, and especially so in Aurora. Take the Tanner House, for example, which was built in 1857 when fewer than 100 people were settled in what would one day become Aurora. Since 1976, the Tanner house has been on the national register of historic places, and it stands today as the home of the Aurora Historical Society, as it has since 1936 when the family gifted the home. Follow along with the Tanner family’s trials and successes and learn more about Aurora history by taking a tour of the Tanner House, located at 305 Cedar St.

Tanner House

Photo by Aurora Historical Society

Grand Army of the Republic Hall

A historic building originally constructed for veterans of the Civil War recently reopened, and returns as a military memorial. The Grand Army of the Republic Hall was first dedicated in 1877, and was rededicated over Memorial Day Weekend in 2016 after being closed for the last 15 years due to disrepair. Inscribed in the walls are the names of Aurora area soldiers who served in the Civil War, and on exhibit inside are items from the Civil War donated from their families. Find the Grand Army of the Republic Hall at 23 E. Downer Pl.

Grand Army of the Republic Hall

Photo courtesy of H. Michael Miley

Visit Aurora’s Museums Today!

There’s plenty to do and see in Aurora, and the museums scattered throughout the town are proof. Make your way out to Aurora today to visit these museums and more, and don’t forget to stop by Toyota of Naperville on your way home to say hi or ask for more recommendations!

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