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Special Exhibition Gallery

Reima Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression | August 29–September 27, 2020
Lake County artist Reima V. Ratti (1914-1945) was born in Waukegan to Finnish immigrants and came of age during the Great Depression when he labored as a rock crusher with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The backbreaking work became an inspiration for his art, and led to his acceptance as an official artist of the CCC Art Program. Ratti’s love of art guided his life as he documented the world around him in sketches and paintings of landscapes and his community, until his untimely death at the age of 31.

Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military October 17, 2020–January 17, 2021
For centuries women have helped to defend the nation in times of war and conflict. In this tribute to those who served, the Dunn Museum shares unique Lake County stories as we explore women’s roles as nurses, auxiliary personnel, enlistees, and officers in the U. S. military. The nation’s struggle was their struggle, and women wanted to have a larger role, equal to men in responsibility and risk.

Permanent Exhibitions & Gift Shop

Prehistoric Lake County

The First People

An American Frontier

Innovations and Preservation

Woodland Theater

Gift Shop


Traveling Exhibitions


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