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Museums + Nature Centers  
St. Charles

Primrose Farm

LOCATION:  5N726 Crane Rd., St. Charles
(630) 513-4370


FEE:  Varies with each program (free to roam the grounds)

HOURS: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm | Sunday: Closed | Grounds: Daily, dawn - dusk

  • 100+ acres of farmland that includes restored farm buildings, farm animals, fruit orchards

  • Drop-in programs include hand milking a jersey cow, collecting eggs from the chicken coop, groom a horse, feed the animals. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

  • Custom events and birthday parties available

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Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

LOCATION:  3795 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles
(630) 513-4399


FEE: FREE, but donations appreciated


Grounds Open Daily
Dawn to Dusk
Weather & Conditions Permitting

Building Hours
Monday-Saturday • 10am to 4pm

  • Animals on exhibit include several varieties of turtles, snakes, and frogs.

  • Indoor turtle pond

  • 130 acres of woodland with paths and trails YEAR ROUND!

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1850 Beith House

LOCATION:  8 Indiana Street, St. Charles

(630) 377-6424


FEE:  $1 suggested per patron

HOURS: By appointment​ only

  • Handsome limestone restored Greek Revival home

  • Operates as a Preservation Study House, illustrating both interior and exterior restoration techniques

  • Patrons can go on a scavenger hunt, collecting clues to uncover mysteries at the house 

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1843 Durant House

LOCATION:  37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles

(630) 377-6424

FEE:  $3 suggested for adults and $2 suggested for kids

HOURS: On select Sundays from 1-4pm

  • Original farmhouse - restored and furnished

  • Kane County’s own “little house on the prairie” 

  • Costumed docents teach about family life, food preparation, games, and activities from the era 

  • Special events each month during the summer 

  • Hands-on experiences for old and young 

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Pioneer Sholes School

LOCATION:  37W700 Dean Street St. Charles
(630) 377-6424

FEE: Donations appreciated

HOURS: On select Sundays from 1-4pm

  • Group tours available year-round

  • One-room schoolhouse with a teacher sharing lessons and games from 1872

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Creek Bend Nature Center

LOCATION:  37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles
(630) 444-3190


HOURS: Monday - Wednesdays 3 - 7pm

  • Located in LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve

  • Interactive exhibits with hands-on learning opportunities

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St. Charles History Museum

LOCATION:  215 E. Main Street, St. Charles
(630) 584-6967

FEE: $5 suggested donation

HOURS: Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm ***Closed in January

  • Three rotating exhibits, but the main exhibit delves into St. Charles’s rich history

  • Curious Fox Gift Shop

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