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Location:1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone:630-833-1616

Upcoming events

  • 09.24.2022 2:00 pm - 09.24.2022 3:00 pm

    Did you dream of being “dinosaur hunter” growing up? What comes to mind when you hear someone is a “paleontologist?” Paleontology is one of the most visible yet misunderstood fields of science. In his talk, Roy Plotnick will provide a behind-the-scenes look at paleontology as it exists today in all its complexity. His lecture explores topics from his book Explorers of Deep Time, which will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

    Lecture – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes
    Ages 8 years  & up
    Regular Museum Admission
    Museum Members Free
    Register here

  • 10.15.2022 10:30 am - 10.15.2022 12:30 pm

    Degreed Metalsmith and Contemporary Jewelry Artist Venus Cramer teaches the art of simple metalworking. Learn techniques and work with various hand tools to create several “make and take” finished jewelry projects. Materials and tools provided.

    Workshop – 10:30 a.m – 2 hour session
    Ages 16 yrs. and up
    $30 per person – Museum Members $25
    Reservations Required – Register here

  • 10.29.2022 10:30 am - 10.29.2022 11:45 am

    Geologist Sara Kurth teaches the techniques for rock and mineral identification. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds and scouts, this class completes the earth science badges for Cub and Boy Scouts. An optional kit is available for purchase, but not required for the class.

    Class – 10:30 a.m – 75 minutes
    Ages 8 yrs. and up
    $10 per person – Museum Members Free
    Optional Mineral ID kit is $10 at checkout
    Reservations Required – Register online here

  • 10.29.2022 1:30 pm - 10.29.2022 2:15 pm

    Children can make their own gemstone jewelry with the Rockin’ Jewelry for kids. Learn to make a necklace, a keychain, and a pin. All materials included in individual kits. After the class, tour the Museum and complete a scavenger hunt. Completes the Jewelry Badge for Girl Scouts.

    Activity  – 1:30 p.m – 45 minutes
    Ages 8 yrs. and up
    $15 per person
    Museum Members receive 10%
    Discount with code

    Reservations Required
    Register 
    online here

  • 11.06.2022 12:00 pm - 11.06.2022 3:00 pm

    In honor of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary celebration, join us for an open house event with many of the professional lapidary artists featured in our Special Exhibit “On The Cutting Edge.” Activities include book signings and demonstrations for a closer look at the artistic process of gem carving.

    On-going Activities – 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. – All Ages Welcome
    Free Admission to the Public – Reservations Not Required

  • 11.12.2022 1:00 pm - 11.12.2022 3:00 pm

    Interested in the lapidary arts? Find out more at the WSLC meetings at the Museum. The Club will host a program each month, including presentations, demonstrations, and information on cutting and polishing stones! Monthly programs to be announced.

    Club Meeting 1 p.m.
    Program @ 2 p.m. – 60 minute Program
    Teens to Adults Welcome
    Regular Museum Admission
    WSLC & Museum Members Free
    Register here

  • 11.19.2022 2:00 pm - 11.19.2022 3:00 pm

    Archaeogemology combines aspects of gemology, archaeology, and geology to identify ancient gems to determine their mineralogical and geographical origin. Archeogemology aids researchers in the investigation of social patterns such as migration and trade routes of ancient cultures and civilizations. Presented by Dr. Cigdem Lüle, a pioneer of the subject, mineralogist and award-winning gemologist. Her company Kybele LLC provides independent appraisals, gemological education, and supports archaeogemological research.

    Lecture – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes – All Ages Welcome
    Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
    Reservations Recommended
    Register here

  • 12.10.2022 1:30 pm - 12.10.2022 2:15 pm

    Children can make their own gemstone jewelry with the Rockin’ Jewelry for kids. Learn to make a necklace, a keychain, and a pin. All materials included in individual kits. After the class, tour the Museum and complete a scavenger hunt. Completes the Jewelry Badge for Girl Scouts.

    Activity  – 1:30 p.m – 45 minutes
    Ages 8 yrs. and up
    $15 per person
    Museum Members receive 10%
    Discount with code

    Reservations Required
    Register 
    online here

  • 12.18.2022 2:00 pm - 12.18.2022 3:00 pm

    The Men of Spirito are committed to music excellence, mentorship, and community. This choir makes excellent music with a community of dedicated guys, and gives back to the community through service and social events. The Men of Spirito will perform several pieces and include a brief discussion of each selection.  Sponsored by the DuPage Community Foundation.

    Performance – 2:00 p.m. – 60-minutes –
    All Ages Welcome
    Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
    Reservations Recommended
    Register here