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Museums in Lake County
History and Hollywood cars are waiting for you...

You might not think of Lake County as a historical landmark, but take a closer look and you’ll see that we have a rich past and a respectable collection of unique museums and interesting historical locations.

For the animal lovers in your life, the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest is a great way to spend an afternoon! Visit with their resident turtles, birds of prey, a Bobcat and the largest collection of Rattlesnakes in North America.

Did you know that Lake County is home to the only official United States Navy in the Midwest? Learn about the life of a Sailor and their proud history at the National Museum of the American Sailor. Share in the tradition of United States Sailors through a collection and preservation of Navy history and the Great Lakes Naval Base’s roll as the Navy’s one and only “boot camp”.

Cruise by Volo Auto Museum to see the World’s Largest selection of Hollywood movie cars. Take pictures in front of Doc’s DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Scooby Doo Mobile, Greased Lightning from Grease and hundreds more! Plus they have a great selection of Disney memorabilia, and a real Bat Mobile so kids will love it!

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Barrington History Museum (Barrington)
More than a museum, we are a campus of four buildings each with something special for visitors to enjoy. There is an exhibit to lure the romantics at...Read More



Dunn Museum (Libertyville)
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County opening late 2017 at new Libertyville location. Visit LCFPD.org/Museum for updates.

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Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum (Grayslake)
A state of the art history museum dedicated to collecting and sharing the history of the greater Grayslake area. The Grayslake Heritage Center offers...Read More



National Museum of the American Sailor (Great Lakes)
As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Museum's mission is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the...Read More



Coupon Volo Auto Museum (Volo)
The Most Under Priced Attraction in the area! 36 acres of family fun. See 300 classic, antique and Muscle cars, including the country's largest displ...Read More



Waukegan History Museum (Waukegan)
The Waukegan Historical Society’s headquarters is the Waukegan History Museum located in beautiful Bowen Park. The Museum is the former home of John C...Read More



Coupon Wildlife Discovery Center (Lake Forest)
The Wildlife Discovery Center is a special place offering programs for people of all ages who have an interest in wildlife and their habitat. Childre...Read More




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No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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