Museums

Aurora Regional Fire Museum
53 N Broadway
Aurora Il 60505
630-256-4140
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The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora’s old Central Fire Station. Open to the public, the museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and inspire.
The museum’s primary exhibit, “Getting There, Getting Water, Getting Rescued ” traces the evolution of the tools and technology used by firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket from the early 1800s. See the horse stalls and the “real” fire horses. Discover what was found under the floor boards of the old central fire station. Marvel at the strange looking Vajen-Bader smoke mask. See and hear how modern fire apparatus clears the streets with sirens, air horns and devices that change traffic lights green. Watch vintage film clips of firefighters and fire engines on one of five video touch-screens. All this in addition to five pieces of fire apparatus on display in a fully restored 1894 fire station.

The fire museum is a perfect day out with the family. Admission is $3 for children/$5 for adults.

David L. Pierce Art and History Center
20 E. Downer Pl.
Aurora Il 60505
630-256-3340
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One of the oldest buildings in downtown Aurora is home to both the Aurora Historical Society and the Aurora Public Art Commission. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl. is a three-story limestone-faced structure that was restored and reopened to the public as a museum in 1996; it was renamed in honor of the former mayor in 2003.
Each floor is filled with art and history; the first floor also houses a gift shop with plenty of Aurora-themed items.

The museum is open Wed-Sat from noon to 4 p.m. and on First Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free to visit the museum. Donations are appreciated.

SciTech Museum
18 W Benton Street
Aurora, Il 60506
630-859-3434
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Located in a historic, old Post Office building in downtown Aurora, SciTech Hand On Museum is a cultural and educational treasure for Aurora and the surrounding communities.
SciTech Museum is the perfect size science and technology museum – large enough for the whole family to enjoy hours of fun and have a Sci-tastic learning experience but not so large that it’s overwhelming! You’ll enjoy over 200 hands on indoor exhibits and our really cool outdoor physics park where you can ride a bike on a rope, ride the pendulum swing or get pulled in the air by the You-Yo! Then enjoy lunch and refreshments in our new café and visit our newly expanded science store with “really cool stuff.” Be sure to check the website and Facebook for monthly special events as well.

SciTech is also home to the SciTech Discovery Preschool; the only S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based curriculum preschools in the country and the only preschool of its kind to reside within a museum in the world! SciTech Discovery Preschool is an amazing and unparalleled program for up to 36 exceptional young learners between the ages of 3 and 5.
SciTech reaches a four-state area in a more than 100 mile radius, serving more than 200 schools this past year and a total audience of nearly 75,000. The museum offers hands-on focus-field trips, science demonstrations and a breadth of classes to school children, Boy and Girl Scout groups, summer camps, and more.

Stop by on the last Saturday of the month for Super SciTech Saturday and receive free children’s admission with a paying adult.

Come visit SciTech and get a hands on science experience in downtown Aurora!

G.A.R. Museum
23 E. Downer Pl.
Aurora, IL 60505
630-256-3340
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The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum at 23 E. Downer Place in downtown Aurora has reopened to the public after a 20-year restoration effort. The GAR Hall first opened in Aurora in 1878, built as a community tribute to the area men who fought in the Civil War. The Museum is filled with unique exhibits on the Civil War and the GAR, on the brave local soldiers who joined in the fight, and on everyday life in post-Civil War America. The GAR Memorial Museum is open – at no charge – on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum also is open for Aurora’s monthly First Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Group tours can be arranged Wednesday-Friday by appointment. For more information, call 630-256-INFO.