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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:



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Time:12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

This talk will focus on Shakespeare's depiction of love in the relationships of Romeo and Juliet and Beatrice and Benedick (Much Ado about Nothing) and on some of the ways in which their romantic stories have been adapted to address the socio-cultural concerns of our own times. Presented by Professor Verna Foster, Loyola University Chicago.

Elizabethan Faire

February 14, 2016 (01:00 PM - 04:30 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Join us for a day of celebration as the Bristol Renaissance Faire brings 16th century England to the Lake County Discovery Museum! Meet Queen Elizabeth, watch performances of Shakespeare's work, immerse yourself in hands-on crafts of the era and enjoy musical pieces which inspired William Shakespeare. Presented by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Shakespeare's Starling

February 16, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The European starling appeared in Shakespeare's plays but how did it get to North America? Through stories, a craft and a short hike learn how some invasive birds arrived and adapted to survive.
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the national traveling exhibition Shakespeare's First Folio and learn about this rare book's importance through hands-on activities.

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    Curt Teich Postcard Blog

    Explore some of our favorite postcards on our blog.

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