Philips Park Visitors Center
1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora, IL 60507
Website - 630-978-4774
Keywords: Children's Museum, classes, Community/Cultural Center, local attraction, Nature & History Museum, Other, Park, Park/garden, performing arts, Playground, plays, science museum, tours/walks, wildlife
Phillips Park Visitors Center & Mastodon Gallery showcases the mastodon bones that were unearthed in the park during a 1934 Civil Works Administration Project. The skull being the largest of the artifacts, weighs 188 pounds. The bones, estimated to be between 10,000 to 20,000 years old, include a 92-pound lower jaw, a 6-foot-long tusk, ribs and vertebrae. In addition, you’ll find enlarged photographs and a detailed history time line related to the discovery, as well as displays highlighting the history of Phillips Park, the Sunken Garden and the Phillips Park Zoo.
The 3,500-square-foot building, located at 1000 Moses Drive, also offers a view of the Sunken Garden and includes vending machines and public washrooms. Hours of operation are from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday, from Labor Day through Memorial Day. During the summer months, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the facility will remain open until 8 pm. Admission is free and the facility is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the City of Aurora’s Department of Parks and Recreation at (630) 978-4774.
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