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Lake County Pop-Up Museum


The Lake County Pop-Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by YOU to share objects and stories. Each venue will showcase a different theme and the public is invited to bring a related object to share and display. Think of it as a community show and tell. Get to know your neighbors, learn about the county's history and share your story! 

Upcoming Venues:

Pop-Up Museum––High School Memorabilia
Thursday, November 2, 6–8 pm 
Cook Memorial Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048

Whether you were a nerd, jock, theater star, or outcast, high school was a time for creating memories. Bring your high school memorabilia to the Cook Memorial Library for a unique Pop-Up Museum inspired by the Centennial celebration of Libertyville High School.  A Pop-Up Museum is a chance for YOU to create a temporary exhibit by bringing in objects and sharing stories. Think of it as a community show and tell. To participate in our Pop-Up Museum bring in objects that remind you of your time in high school such as prom dresses, yearbooks, letterman jacket, or even pop culture items. This experience is hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserves, Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society, and Cook Memorial Library.

Past Venues:

Pop-Up Museum––Homemade
Saturday, December 3, 1–3 pm 
Cacao Sweets and Treats, 122 Center Street, Grayslake, IL 60030

Are you a maker? Do you have a soft spot for all things homemade? Join the Museum and Cacao Sweets and Treats in creating a Pop-Up Museum. This Pop-Up Museum’s theme is Homemade, where items you bring may include your favorite knitted scarf, a song you wrote or even your secret chili recipe! Don't have something homemade? We will provide a craft that you can make to add to the exhibit.

Pop-Up Museum––Our Scouting Heritage
Saturday, February 25, 10 am–3 pm 
Ryerson Woods Welcome Center

The Northeast Illinois Council (NEIC) of the Boy Scouts of American and the Museum invite you to participate in Pop-Up Museum: Our Scouting Heritage. This Pop-Up Museum encourages Cubs, Boy Scouts, Venturers and volunteers from all over Lake County to bring items from their scouting past to capture the history of what it means to be a scout. Please bring objects such as old uniforms, patches, photos, handbooks, unit items or even personal camping equipment. On display will be memorabilia from the NEIC collection that highlights the history of the territory. Come contribute to the exhibit and help fulfill a Scouting Heritage Badge requirement.

Pop-Up Museum––Shelf-Indulgence
Saturday, March 4, 10 am–3 pm 
Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda, IL 60084

Share a book from your prized book collection at a Pop-Up Museum at the Wauconda Area Library. This Pop-Up Museum's theme is Shelf Indulgence––centered around your favorite books. Bring a treasured book such as the one you have read a thousand times, a cookbook from your grandmother, or a children's book with the best illustrations.

Pop-Up Museum––Story of Your Life
Thursday, March 30, 1–2:15 pm 
College of Lake County, near the Willow Café, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL 60030

If a museum were putting together an exhibit about your life, what personal object would help tell that story? For this Pop-Up Museum, choose one personal object that tells people something about who you are and helps illustrate the story of your life. The only restriction is that you cannot use your phone or tablet as your object. Here are just a few examples of what you can bring: a photograph, favorite book, childhood memento, family heirloom, collectible, article of clothing, something you made, favorite album, work of art, etc. Be creative and think about objects you own that help to tell your personal story, something you want others to know about you. The difficult part will be choosing just one.

Pop-Up Museum––Celebrating Diversity
Sunday, May 7, 1–3 pm 
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

Celebrate Diversity among people, plants and animals. View the latest art exhibition at Brushwood Center and participate in the Lake County Pop-Up Museum. This Pop-Up Museum connects to the exhibit Endangered Beauty, which features photography by Carol Freeman and highlights endangered species to show their beauty, uniqueness and the need to protect biodiversity. Participate by bringing objects such as travel photos or postcards, family portraits, objects that represent your heritage, books, or your own nature photographs that showcase the importance of diversity in the world today.

If you are part of a local business or organization that would like to collaborate on a Pop-Up Museum at your site, contact Seleena Kuester, Education Manager, at 847-968-3421 or email

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