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Museum Makes the Move

Transition to New Location Underway

Over the next year, the Museum's historic collections will make the move from Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda to our General Offices in Libertyville. On September 1, the Museum closed to the public so that the process of packing each treasure and transporting them to their new home could begin. Our exhibit designers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other crews are preparing for their arrival, transforming the first floor and the lower level of the General Offices building to house and display the incoming collections. A grand opening is anticipated in late 2017.

Read more about the move in the Fall 2016 issue of Horizons

Another Step Toward Our Vision

This initiative is part of a larger strategic effort to rethink the Museum and align it with the District’s 100-year Vision for Lake County. Taking a forward-thinking view, the new Museum will blend Lake County’s natural and human history, and aim to significantly grow the number of people served each year. As part of the process, we 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.

You can help support the new Museum! Contact the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 847-968-3110 to find out how.

Questions About the Move?

Email or call Museum staff at 847-968-3400.



Check this page for progress updates and follow us on Facebook for reveals of never-before-displayed artifacts coming out of storage in preparation for the move. We'll also share glimpses of the new exhibition designs.


While the Museum is closed, learning will not stop. Our educators will continue to provide experience-based learning in the form of field trips and in-school programs for the 2016–2017 school year. Educators visit classrooms with artifacts and activities on a variety of local history topics. For details, email or call Nicole Stocker at 847-968-3422. 


Our historians are unable to accommodate research requests or accept donated items for the collections until after the Museum move is complete. A variety of online resources are available at the Illinois Digital Archives.



Pop-Up Museum: Our Scouting Heritage

February 25, 2017 (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

The Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Lake County Discovery Museum invites you to participate in Pop-Up Museum: Our Scouting Heritage.

Pop-Up Museum: Shelf Indulgence

March 04, 2017 (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Wauconda Area Library, Wauconda, IL -60085

Share a book from your prized collection at a Pop-Up Museum hosted by the Lake County Discovery Museum at the Wauconda Area Library.


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