Aurora Museums will take center stage as Aurora Museum Week begins on Sunday.

Aurora Museum Week, which runs through June 11, is presented by Aurora Downtown, said group manager Marissa Amoni.

“It’s really just been a week of fun,” she said. “Aurora has some amazing museums that are all very close and several of them are downtown and near downtown. Kids will be out of school and it’s fun, family friendly and a great way to showcase our museums.

The Aurora Downtown website lists the museums’ opening days and times as well as the different activities they will offer, she said.

Sunday highlights the Tanner House Museum at 305 Cedar St. in Aurora, which is open again for free tours on Sunday afternoons. The house is filled with period furniture and decorations and paints a picture of life in the Victorian era, according to Aurora Historical Society executive director John Jaros.

Blackberry Farm at 100 S. Barnes Road in Aurora will be the highlighted museum on Monday, followed by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum at 53 N. Broadway on Tuesday.

Rachel Olson is a museum assistant at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Museum week falls during the museum’s second week of summer hours, she said. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum is open Tuesdays in addition to the regular Wednesday through Saturday schedule.

Being open on an extra day gives people more chances to come and visit the museum, she said.

“For our day during Museum Week, we’re going to be doing an Aurora-focused scavenger hunt for visitors,” she said. “We have so many cool and interesting artifacts on display from Aurora and we want to give people a chance to research and focus on those. So it will be a fun thing for people to do in addition to exploring. the museum.

On Wednesday, Blackberry Farm will host a free day for visitors. An annual BBQ fundraiser will be held that day at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. The fundraiser is being organized in conjunction with the Aurora Retired Firefighters Association, Olson said. For $15, diners get a meal of grilled chicken and sides, she said.

Along with Aurora Downtown, the Fire Museum will host a screening of “The Goonies” film outside the museum on Thursday.

“It should be a lot of fun,” Olson said. “It’s a summer classic that we’re really excited about.”

The screening of “The Goonies” is free. People are encouraged to bring their own chairs, she said. Concessions and a food vendor will be on site during the film.

On Friday, the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial and Museum at 23 E. Downer Place will be the center of attention from noon to 4 p.m., Amoni said.

The Aurora Historical Society will take center stage on Saturday, June 11 at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. It’s a chance for people to see the company’s new “Head to Toe” exhibition, which runs until August 20, organizers said. The exhibit features hats and shoes for men, women and children ranging from the 1850s to the 1970s, as well as historical advertisements and images from different time periods, Jaros said.

“I really think a lot of times people are naturally interested in exploring local history and we have such a great history in Aurora,” Amoni said. “Aurora Historical Society does an amazing job with their curation. Even with the fire museum. It’s an amazing landmark in Aurora. We really have amazing museums and Aurora Museum Week is all about showcasing and putting showcasing these special places.

On the second floor of the Pierce Center is the Aurora Historical Society exhibit “Aurora Story,” Jaros said, chronicling the entire Aurora story.

Amoni said Museum Week is a chance for people to explore the museums the city has to offer.

“We want people to really enjoy their environment, what’s available to them in their neighborhood,” Amoni said. “We hope they will visit museums they didn’t know and discover something new. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy what’s in our backyard.

Aurora Museum Week Activities:

Sunday June 5

Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tanner House Museum, 305 Cedar St., open for tours 1-4 p.m.

Monday, June 6

Blackberry Farm open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blackberry Farm open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8

Aurora Historical Society at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum BBQ Fundraiser 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Blackberry Farm free day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday June 9

Aurora Historical Society open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free outdoor movie “The Goonies” begins at dusk at the museum.

Blackberry Farm open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, 23 E. Downer Place, open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

friday june 10

Aurora Historical Society open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blackberry Farm open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Memorial and Museum of the Grand Army of the Republic open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday June 11

Aurora Historical Society open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blackberry Farm open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Memorial and Museum of the Grand Army of the Republic open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Annie Alleman is a freelance journalist for the Beacon-News.

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