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Research & Collections

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. Learn more »

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.

Questions About the Move?

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

The Collections

  • Lake County History Archives

    The Lake County History Archives provides access to documents and photographs featuring the history of Lake County, Illinois.

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    Lake County Objects Collection

    The Museum's three-dimensional object collection consists of more than 25,000 artifacts dating from prehistory to present day, and representing the cultural and natural history of Lake County.


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