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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 »


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.


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:




Small Discoveries: Be My Valentine

February 10, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

We're celebrating Valentine's Day with inspiration from Shakespeare's sonnets, creating our own valentine to give to someone special, and finishing with a delicious treat!

First Folio Teacher Training Workshop

February 11, 2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Time:06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

This workshop will give educators an overview of the history and context of Shakespeare's First Folio. Through a series of lively interactive activities, the workshop will provide educators tools and strategies to share the First Folio with their students. Presented in partnership with staff from the College of Lake County. Teacher training hours are available.

Renaissance Spies

February 13, 2016 (10:15 AM - 11:15 AM)
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Time:10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Learn to decode the symbolism found within the textual art of Shakespeare's Folio and the inspirations of the 16th century that formed Master Shakespeare's creativity. Presented by Kimba Wawrzyniak and Christopher Stryker, Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Intro to Shakespeare Workshop

February 13, 2016 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
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Time:11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Learn the art of dissecting, analyzing and reciting the works of Master Shakespeare. Presented by Jennifer Glueckstein, Bristol Renaissance Faire.

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    Curt Teich Postcard Blog

    Explore some of our favorite postcards on our blog.

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