The museum, named after Dr. Fritiof Fryxell, began in the late 1880s with a modest natural history collection. Today it has more than 1,500 rock, mineral, and fossil specimens and a fluorescent mineral display.
Admission is free.
School field trips generally are scheduled between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday during the academic year. For specific times and dates for field trips, email or call Elizabeth Plumb, 309-794-7318, in advance.
Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when classes are in session.
The museum is housed in the Swenson Hall of Geosciences, adjacent to Founder's Hall and Ascension Chapel.Google Maps