Want to spend your weekend doing something different and adventurous? Try exploring Woodridge’s and the surrounding Chicagoland’s history. In fact, there are many history and art museums that fit whatever you’re interested in learning. The good news is, these nearby history museums are not from your home at The Retreat at Seven Bridges.
So, read on and see which museum stirs your interest!
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is located at Benedictine University. You’ll find this small but impressive natural history museum on the second floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science.
Items in this museum come from the many years of hard work from Fathers Hilary Jurica, O.S.B. and Edmund Jurica, O.S.B. With over 10,000 specimens, the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum includes everything from aphids to complete whale skeletons. There’s so much to learn and discover here!
Best of all, the museum is open to the public with free admission.
The Museums at Lisle Station Park
The Museums at Lisle Station Park offers visitors a chance to explore the heritage and culture of Northern Illinois during the 19th century.
Grab a tour of the museum grounds that include the architecture of the era. See a reproduction of a blacksmith shop, the historic home of the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse, or stop by the Beaubien Tavern, a 19th-century tavern and tollhouse.
You can also take a blacksmith class or learn history from local authors. The suggested donation is $5 and is open Tuesday through Saturday.
Downers Grove Museum
The Downers Grove Museum allows you to discover more about the history of the area. You’ll get a chance to peruse through their collection of exhibits that highlights its impact on local, state, regional, national, and global history.
While you’re there, visit the Pioneer Blodgett House built in 1846 by Israel and Avis Blodgett. Considered one of the oldest houses in Downers Grove, this historic house provided help to runaway slaves during the Civil War.
You’ll find all the house exhibits at Downers Grove Museum rich with history and adventure. Enjoy!
Gregg House Museum
The Gregg House Museum in Westmont showcases the home built by the brick manufacturer, William L. Gregg. Gregg invented a type of brick that could withstand over 100,000 pounds of pressure without cracking.
After Gregg left, the house was used as a train station, a farmhouse, restaurant, funeral home, speakeasy, and recreation center. It was saved from demolition in 1976 by the Westmont Area Historical Society and moved from Cass Avenue to the Westmount Park District.
These are just a few of the nearby history museums and attractions conveniently located near The Retreat at Seven Bridges. For more information about our community, contact us here. We’re happy to show you everything your new home has to offer!