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Aurora Regional Fire Museum
53 N Broadway
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora’s old Central Fire Station. Open to the public, the museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and inspire.
Enjoy two floors of displays, many hands-on for all ages. Plus shiny fire trucks and fire apparatus on display in a fully restored 1894 fire station.
The fire museum is a perfect day out with the family. Admission is $5 for ages 3 and up.
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is open for walk-in visitors Wed-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the museum at no cost at First Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.
David L. Pierce Art and History Center
20 E. Downer Pl.
Aurora Historical Society: (630) 906-0650
Aurora Public Art: (630) 256-3340
One of the oldest buildings in downtown Aurora is home to both the Aurora Historical Society and the Aurora Public Art Commission. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl. is a three-story limestone-faced structure that was restored and reopened to the public as a museum in 1996; it was renamed in honor of the former mayor in 2003.
Visit art exhibits on the first and third floors and stop by the incredible “Aurora Story” exhibit on the second floor.
The museum is open Wed-Sat from noon to 4 p.m. and on First Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free to visit the museum. Donations are appreciated.
18 W Benton Street
Located in a historic, old Post Office building in downtown Aurora, SciTech Hands On Museum is a cultural and educational treasure for Aurora and the surrounding communities.
Enjoy over 200 hands-on indoor exhibits and an outdoor physics park where you can ride a bike on a rope and ride the pendulum swing.
Stop by on the last Saturday of the month for Super SciTech Saturday and receive free children’s admission with a paying adult.
Come visit SciTech and get a hands on science experience in downtown Aurora.
23 E. Downer Pl.
***G.A.R. Museum will be closed for construction in the early 2020 season. Call for more information.***
The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum at 23 E. Downer Place in downtown Aurora has reopened to the public after a 20-year restoration effort. The GAR Hall first opened in Aurora in 1878, built as a community tribute to the area men who fought in the Civil War. The Museum is filled with unique exhibits on the Civil War and the GAR, on the brave local soldiers who joined in the fight, and on everyday life in post-Civil War America. The GAR Memorial Museum is open seasonally – at no charge – on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum also is open for Aurora’s monthly First Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Group tours can be arranged Wednesday-Friday by appointment. For more information, call (630) 256-INFO.