Imagine, Explore, Discover

Come and explore over 200 interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) exhibits which inspire education and imagination. Every exhibit is a mini-experiment with information about what to DO at the station and the scientific explanation for what is happening. Bring the entire family! Young and old minds alike will discover science in the world around them. SciTech also offers group field trips, overnights, scout programs, birthday parties and day camps.

Pro tip: Afternoons are quieter!

SciTech is a popular field trip destination in the mornings. Families are encouraged to take advantage of afternoon hours to avoid crowds and noise levels.

About SciTech

In 1988, Ernest Malamud, a physicist at FermiLab, had a dream for the future. He reached out to his friends, his co-workers, and his community and together, they created a reality that has touched MILLIONS of people. One man’s dream has become the reality of SciTech Hands On Museum where children and adults alike explore knowledge and discover concepts and imagine THEIR future.

Located in a historic post office in the heart of downtown Aurora, SciTech is 30,000 square feet that encourages guests toImagine, Explore, and Discover. SciTech remains true to our roots and relies on the community and volunteers to bring innovation into a learning environment. Exhibits are sponsored by local businesses and offices, including Commonwealth Edison, Buchar Wellness Center, FermiLab, Comcast, Rush Copley Medical Center, and many others!

Come to SciTech with an open mind, ready to learn and explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Read the signs and conduct experiments.

We do ask that visitors under the age of 16 are supervised at all times.

Regular Hours

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10AM – 5PM
  • Friday: 10AM – 8PM
  • Saturday: 10AM – 5PM
  • Sunday – Monday: CLOSED

Admission

$10 General Public ages 4-59

$8 Military & Seniors 60+

Free for children ages 3 years and younger

We are a participating member of Museums4All! Present your EBT card and photo ID to receive a $3.00 admission, applicable for up to four people per card.

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Parking

Parking is FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A 6-hour city parking lot is on the east side of the building. Three-hour street parking is available on the north and south sides of Benton from 8am – 8pm. Please move your car before 3 hours have passed.

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Location

18 West Benton Street, Aurora, IL 60506| (P) 630-859-3434 | (Fax) 630-859-8692

SciTech Hands On Museum is 45 miles west of downtown Chicago and five miles from Interstate 88. Located on the Fox River, the museum has beautiful vista and guests can see birds and wildlife from the outdoor park during the summer. SciTech is one of many historic buildings on Stolp Island and the entire island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

SciTech Museum

SciTech Museum

SciTech Calendar

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Special events are planned on the days highlighted in BLUE. Please click on those dates to find out what is going on at SciTech!

Exhibits

Pro tip: Pace yourself!

SciTech Hands On Museum has three floors and, during the summer, an outdoor Motion Park. Our general suggestion is to plan about 30 minutes for each area you want to visit.

SciTech Hands On Museum has three floors to explore, with over 200 interactive exhibits. Check out a sample of our exhibits:

Explore patterns in Wild Weather
Discover chromatography in Bubbles Blast

Imagine the year 2025 in ComEd’s Energy
Discover the secrets of a fast ball in Physics

Imagine the solar system in Space Travels
Explore your own body in Healthy Heart and Skeleton Strong

Membership

All memberships include:

  • 2 Guest Passes
  • Discounted additional guest passes for $6
  • Discounts on special events, SciTech programs, and Summer STEAM Camps
  • 10% discount at SciTech’s STEAMMART
  • 15% off Birthday Parties
  • ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) membership (Free or reduced admission to over 300 science centers worldwide)

Family Membership:

  • $100 for one year, $175 for two years
  • Admission for 5 Family Members.

Family Plus Membership ($125): Same as above PLUS

  • 15% discount at SciTech’s gift shop
  • 15% off Birthday Parties and Camps
  • ACM (Association of Children’s Museums) membership (50% off general admission- for up to 6 people to 200 museums in North America including 15 in Illinois!)

Deluxe Family Membership ($200): Same as above PLUS

  • Admission for 10 Family Members
  • 5 Guest Passes (valid for 1 year)

Put your skills and expertise to work for a great cause!


SciTech’s mission is to inspire learning through creative, interactive activities and educational programs. Volunteers can help us support this mission by assisting us in creating a learning environment that frames science concepts in accessible and entertaining ways.

We invite you to be part of our team encouraging people to engage with science and technology in fun and positive ways.

Programs

Discovery Day Field Trips

Discovery Day Field Trips

Planning a field trip? Have a group larger than 10 people? Our Discovery Day page will help you plan your group visit to SciTech. Add on a lab or demo to make your trip truly memorable!

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SciTech Digital STARLAB®

SciTech Digital STARLAB®

SciTech Hands On Museum will bring the STARLAB to you! With wide-range programming the STARLAB is a great supplement to your current school curriculum.

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Science2Go & Scouts2Go

Science2Go & Scouts2Go

Bring some excitement back to your students and families! Our scientists will deliver interactive STEAM experiences right to your door. From interactive demonstrations and tables to labs, Scout classes and our homemade wind tunnel, enjoy all that SciTech has to offer in the comfort of your own venue.

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Scouts

Scouts

Complete your requirements in one of our Scout Workshops, Twilight Adventures, STEM Sleepovers or Scouts2Go!

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Contact Us

Haven’t found the information you were looking for? You can always email us for more information. Help us connect you with the right department. Why do you want to contact us?

I want general information about the museum!
I want to schedule a group trip at the museum!
I'd like SciTech to come to my facility!
I want to know more about Scout workshops!
I'm interested in volunteering!
I want to connect with marketing!
I would like to donate to SciTech!

Thank you so much! Your donation will help fund a future scientist and send a child to summer camp. Please visit our online donation page!

I need more information about camps!
I'd like to ask for a donation to my group!

Email: giving@scitechmuseum.org

(Please note, requests take 4-6 weeks to process.)

Or you can mail us at:
SciTech Hands On Museum
18 West Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60506