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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:


Volunteer opportunities are always available. Greet the public, assist with special events or work behind the scenes in collections. Stop by the Museum front desk for an application, or visit our volunteer page.




Small Discoveries: Mother's Day

May 04, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Small discoveries add up to big fun for your little ones! Join us select Wednesdays as we explore a variety of topics through stories, hands-on activities, pretend play and simple crafts. A great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and get to know other families.
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Time:02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Oh, there is nothing like a frankfurter and hard-boiled egg aspic! 1950s cooking was whimsical, colorful and at times a bit dangerous. This historical cooking class will introduce you to some of it in an amusing, entertaining and delicious way.

Lake County History Symposium

May 14, 2016 (09:00 AM - 04:30 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

The symposium brings together those interested in and actively researching Lake County History. Attend a series of presentations on this year’s theme, “Women in Lake County History.”

The River As Time Machine

May 19, 2016 (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

The Lake County Discovery Museum will play host to Brian "Fox" Ellis, a Road Scholar with Illinois Humanities. Riverlorian Ellis invites us on a musical ramble through history that will explore how we humans have shaped the rivers, how the rivers have changed through time, and the importance of rivers in the layers of human history.

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    Curt Teich Postcard Blog

    Explore some of our favorite postcards on our blog.

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