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Re-envisioning Initiative

The Museum holds a treasure trove of our region's history that must be preserved and enriched for generations to come. Private donations are being raised through a public-private partnership with the Preservation Foundation to re-envision and relocate the Museum to a central location within the county that offers additional gallery space for exhibitions and a more controlled environment to store collections, better preserving Lake County history.

It's part of a larger strategic effort to rethink the Museum and align it with our 100-year Vision for Lake County. Taking a forward-thinking view, the new Museum will blend Lake County’s natural and cultural history and aim to significantly grow the number of people served each year. As part of the process, our staff will engage the broader community to consider new and innovative ways to continue to communicate the importance of preserving Lake County’s past, while inspiring future generations to care for the collections for the long-term. Learn more »


The award-winning Lake County Discovery Museum provides a well-rounded museum experience close to home, and is a popular destination spot in Lake County. Hours and admission »

Mission

The Lake County Discovery Museum is a public educational institution devoted to preserving history through its collections and the presentation of inspiring exhibitions. Primary areas of expertise for research and programming include the history of Lake County, IL and the history of postcards.

Exhibitions

Hands-on interactive exhibitions introduce the history and culture of Lake County in a fun learning environment.

Each year the Museum presents three–five special exhibitions. Galleries take inspiration from art, history and popular culture, ranging from national touring exhibitions to never before seen treasures from our collections. There is always something new to see at the Museum. Explore our exhibitions »

Nationally Accredited

The Lake County Discovery Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction held by less than five percent of American museums. The Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum commissioned a fun congratulatory video:

Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities are always available. Greet the public, assist with special events or work behind the scenes in collections. Stop by the Museum front desk for an application, or visit our volunteer page.

News


EVENTS

16
Jun

Look, Learn, Create: Paleoart

June 16, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Learn about the dinosaurs of Lake County and how paleoartists bring prehistoric animals to life, then become a paleoartist yourself and design your own dinosaur to take home.
 
20
Jun

Summer Camp: History Detectives

June 20, 2016-June 24, 2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Investigate some of the biggest crimes in Lake County history. Become a detective using crime-solving techniques such as fingerprinting, blood typing and eye-witness testimony to figure out whodunit and why.
 
27
Jun

Summer Camp: Art in your Backyard

June 27, 2016-July 01, 2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Projects include leaf print stationary, pressed flower art, pine cone animals and more.
 
9
Jul

Civil War Days: Weekend Pass

July 09, 2016-July 10, 2016
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History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 
9
Jul

Civil War Days (Saturday)

July 09, 2016 (10:00 AM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

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