Discover Aurora Area museums with our new sticker challenge
Posted on 11/08/2023 by James Cardis
You are invited to discover an outstanding collection of museums with our new sticker challenge.
Here's how it works: Visit museums in the Aurora Area of Illinois to collect a game card and custom stickers at each location listed below. You can also download and print a card of your own by clicking the image below. Once you have collected enough stickers to make a "Bingo" column or row, you can then mail in your game card to the Aurora Area CVB for a unique gift!
Click the image or the link below to access your own downloadable museum sticker challenge card, or pick one up at participating museums listed further down the page.
Featured Aurora Area museums included in the sticker challenge are listed below. Please check the website or call ahead to confirm hours of availability for each location as they are subject to change.
Air Classics Museum
44W546 US-30, Sugar Grove, IL 60554
An amazing collection of aircraft, vehicles, and other aviation memorabilia from the 1930's to present.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
53 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Located in Aurora's old Central Fire Station, the Fire Museum offers two floors of exhibits chronicling the history of firefighting in Aurora and Chicagoland.
Batavia Depot Museum
155 Houston Street, Batavia, IL 60510
Once the city's primary train station, now a unique attraction connecting visitors and locals alike with the rich history of Batavia dating back millennia. Seven permanent exhibits and two rotating gallery spaces with seasonal exhibits are complemented by a gift shop with apparel, decor, books, and more, as well as the historic outbuildings, a 1907 Caboose, the Coffin Bank, and a stained-glass Gazebo on the riverwalk.
Big Rock Historical Society
48W445 Hinckley Road, Big Rock, IL 60511
Discover the history of Big Rock, Illinois, featuring school, home, and farm items, as well as a collection focused on the oldest annual festival of its kind in the state, the Big Rock Plowing Match.
100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, IL 60506
Blackberry Farm is a living history museum where pionoeer life is re-created through education demonstrations and hands-on fun. Admission includes unlimited rides on the train, hay wagon, pedal tractors, paddle boats, carousel, and ponies.
David L. Pierce Art & History Center
20 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60505
Giving the past a future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and presenting the rich, diverse history of Aurora and the surrounding area. First-floor gift shop and seasonal exhibits, second-floor Aurora history exhibits, and third-floor Aurora Public Art gallery.
Edith Farnsworth House
14520 River Road, Plano, IL 60545
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential modernist architects of the 20th century, the glass-walled Edith Farnsworth House has become an icon seen in books, magazines, TV and movies. One of only three private homes in the U.S. designed by Mies, Edith Farnsworth House has influenced modern architectural design since its completion in 1951-52.
Grand Army of the Republic Military Museum
23 E Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60505
Built in 1877 from locally quarried limestone as a memorial for Civil War veterans, the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Military Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and honors the history of the wartime and subsequent peacetime experience of the community and its veterans throughout the history of the United States.
Hinckley Historical Society
145 E. Lincoln Avenue, Hinckley, IL 60520
Dedicated to preserving the past for the future, the newly redesigned Hinckley Historical Society museum offers exhibits on Hinckley's proud sports traditions, including as the site of the first ever Harlem Globetrotters away game. Research family and community history and explore the collections at this unique museum on the Lincoln Highway.
Little White School Museum
72 Polk Street, Oswego, IL 60543
Built as a church in 1850, then used as a school until the 1960's, the Little White School Museum is now a community treasure, open to the public and offering an archive of local Oswegoland history. View temporary and permanent exhibits reflecting the rich history of the region and the spirit of Oswego's early residents.
Phillips Park Zoo & Visitors Center
1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora, IL 60505
The "crown jewel" of Aurora's parks, Phillips Park offers a variety of fun, family friendly amenities for all ages and interests. The 325-acre park is home to a zoo, golf course, aquatic center, and several newer features that make it a regional tourist destination.
Red Oak Nature Center
930 N River Road, North Aurora, IL 60542
Nestled on the east bank of the Fox River in North Aurora, Red Oak Nature Center is the region's premier facility for nature and conservation education — as well as a great spot to enjoy a sunset. Surrounded by more than 40 acres of lush forest and wildlife habitat, the nature center is the ideal destination for anyone with a desire to discover more about the great outdoors. Discover hiking trails, nature programming and events like Bug Fest and Maple Fest, as well as a natural limestone cave.
Schingoethe Center Museum at Aurora University
1315 Prairie street, Aurora, IL 60506
The Schingoethe Center is best known for its Native American collection, which spans prehistory to the present. Indigenous cultures from all over North America are represented in the collection with examples from Central and South America as well. The museum also holds a collection of non-Native American art, much of it from local artists.
William Tanner House Museum
305 Cedar Street, Aurora, IL 60506
Take a step into the Victorian era at Tanner House. Built in 1857, this Italianate-style house was the home to prominent merchant William Tanner and his family. The family-owned the home until 1936 when it was donated to the Aurora Historical Society. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Pair your visit with the Aurora Area Go Guide, the official visitors publication of the Aurora Area in Illinois, available in print and online at enjoyaurora.com/VisitorsGuide.