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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 reasearch 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:




Summer Camp: Prehistoric Lake County

June 15, 2015-June 19, 2015 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Dig into Lake County's prehistoric history. Discover the massive mammals that roamed our area, what they ate, and how they lived. Learn more about the scientists who study Ice Age animals and what they think happened to them.

Little Sprouts: Planting a Seed

June 17, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Help plant the garden at Bonner and sow seeds to take home. We'll learn about how seeds sprout and take a tour of the garden.

Summer Camp: History Detectives

June 29, 2015-July 02, 2015 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Did the Underground Railroad really stop in Lake County? Does Lake County resident Elisha Gray deserve the credit for inventing the telephone? History Detectives will piece together clues from the past to answer these historical questions and more. Examine documents, run experiments and investigate the facts to decide what really happened.

Summer Camp: Art in your Hands

July 06, 2015-July 10, 2015 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Unleash the artist within. Discover different methods of artistic expression and create your own works of art. We'll paint, sculpt, make collages, and more.

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    Curt Teich Postcard Blog

    Explore some of our favorite postcards on our blog.

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