The Museum offers a variety of public programs for families and adults year-round. Each July, the Museum hosts Civil War Days, the largest Civil War reenactment in Illinois. At the Farm Heritage Festival each September, visitors are able to take a step back in time and explore Lake County’s rural roots. During the summer, Museum educators provide fun and educational nature, history and art day camps. The Museum also makes a great place for a field trip or group tour.
The close of the Lake County Discovery Museum's location in Lakewood Forest Preserve on September 1, 2016 marks the end of an era. Civil War Days and other special events will continue to be held at Lakewood in 2016 and beyond.
Civil War Days
July 9 & 10, 2016
Each July, the Museum hosts Civil War Days, the largest Civil War encampment in Illinois. The event features infantry, cavalry and artillery reenactors, as well as musicians, sutlers, medical personnel and civilians. Ongoing drills, kids’ activities, and Civil War era shopping are available both days. Learn more »
Farm Heritage Festival
At the Farm Heritage Festival each September, visitors are able to take a step back in time and explore Lake County’s rural roots. The event, co-sponsored by the Lake County Farm Heritage Association, features hundreds of tractors, cars, engines and other farm machinery. Daily highlights include a tractor parade, sheep herding demonstrations, live music, scarecrow making, wagon and barrel train rides and petting zoo. Please note: No dogs are allowed at the event, with the exception of service animals. Learn more »
Lake County History Symposium
Check back for information about 2017 History Symposium.