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Museum closed. Opening Late 2017 at New Location.

The new empty archive shelves
Feet of the dryptosaurus being created for the new museum
Dryptosaurus being created for the new museum
Wigwam at new museum being built
Employees looking at the new museum being built

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Museum Move Updates

Transition to New Location Underway

The Museum is currently closed while the historic collections are making the move from their former home at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda to our General Offices in Libertyville. On September 1, 2016, the Museum closed to the public so that the process of packing each treasure and transporting them to their new home could begin. Our exhibit designers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other crews are preparing for their arrival, transforming the first floor and the lower level of the General Offices building to house and display the incoming collections. A grand opening is anticipated in late 2017.

Read more about the move in Horizons: Fall 2016 issue and the Spring 2017 issue.

Another Step Toward Our Vision

This initiative is part of a larger strategic effort to rethink the Museum and align it with the District’s 100-year Vision for Lake County. Taking a forward-thinking view, the new Museum will blend Lake County’s natural and human history, and aim to significantly grow the number of people served each year. As part of the process, we 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.

You can help support the new Museum. Contact the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 847-968-3110 to find out how.

Questions About the Move?

Email or call Museum staff at 847-968-3400.




Little Sprouts: All About Apples

September 13, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about different types of apples, how they grow and the best time to pick and eat them.

Little Sprouts: Crows in the Corn

September 27, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

We’ll revisit the corn we planted earlier in the summer and learn all about this marvelous plant and its many uses.

Little Sprouts: Harvest Hoedown

October 04, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Help pick the last vegetables of the season and prepare the garden for winter. Then celebrate with songs and games.

Tinkering Through Time: Awesome Adaptations

October 18, 2017 (03:30 PM - 04:30 PM)
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Time:03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

In this new program series, Tinkering with Time, children will experience a variety of hands on activities and develop STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and critical thinking skills. Join us on the journey to discover how history can connect to science experiments, inventions, nature, art and more!


While the Museum is closed, learning will not stop. Our educators will continue to provide experience-based learning in the form of field trips and in-school programs for the 2016–2017 school year. Educators visit classrooms with artifacts and activities on a variety of local history topics. For details, email or call Nicole Stocker at 847-968-3422. 


Check this page for progress updates and follow us on Facebook for reveals of never-before-displayed artifacts coming out of storage in preparation for the move. We'll also share glimpses of the new exhibition designs.


Our historians are unable to accommodate research requests or accept donated items for the collections until after the Museum move is complete. A variety of online resources are available at the Illinois Digital Archives.


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