Museum Set to Close, Transition to New Location
On September 1, the Museum will close its doors at Lakewood Forest Preserve, pack up its vast collections and move to its new location at our General Offices in Libertyville. A grand opening of the new Museum is anticipated in late 2017. Check back for progress updates and follow us on Facebook for reveals of never-before-displayed collection items coming out of storage in preparation for the move.
The Museum’s new home provides several enhancements, including a more central location in Lake County accessible by public transportation; a purpose built collections care facility, public research center and library; new and expanded exhibitions to tell Lake County’s story; and expanded special exhibition galleries. In addition, Museum staff will develop a new interpretive plan, with field trip opportunities and educational programs for Lake County residents of all ages. Civil War Days and other special events will continue to be held at Lakewood in 2016 and beyond.
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.
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 »