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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. The Museum also displays the nation’s largest permanent exhibition on the history and significance of postcards from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives.

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 »


Support the Museum and receive great benefits by becoming a member of the Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum. Explore the benefits of membership »

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: Gingerbread Bash

December 02, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about the legend of the gingerbread man and make a seasonal craft.

Winter Explorers - Art Around the World

December 22, 2015 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Get the kids out of the house and enjoying a day (or four) of fun in the forest preserves! Each day will focus on a different topic.

Buffet for Wildlife

December 30, 2015 (09:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Discover how animals find food in the winter. Learn how to provide natural food for wildlife and make a winter wildlife treat to take home.

Ring in the New Year

December 30, 2015 (11:00 AM - 01:00 PM)
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Time:11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Celebrate the New Year with crafts, party favors and a ball drop at noon.

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    Curt Teich Postcard Blog

    Explore some of our favorite postcards on our blog.

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