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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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Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
(Libertyville)
ARRIVE CURIOUS. LEAVE INSPIRED. Be led through time among life-size dinosaurs, fossils and more. Enj...

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Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
(Riverwoods)
Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il., Brushwood Center a...

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Chicago Botanic Garden
(Glencoe)
The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the co...

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Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
(Vernon Hills)
Cuneo Mansion and Gardens stands as a monument to old-world elegance amid genteel country life. As a...

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Deerfield Area Historical Society
(Deerfield)
Dedicated to preserving and interpreting local history and architecture in Deerfield, Bannockburn, R...

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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 Gra...

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Greenbelt Cultural Center
(North Chicago)
Nestled within the native landscape of the Greenbelt Forest Preserve between North Chicago and Wauke...

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Heller Nature Center
(Highland Park)
Visitors can enjoy a 97-acre preserve with oak-hickory forests, tall grass prairie, oak savanna and ...

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Highland Park Historical Society
(Highland Park)
The Highland Park Historical Society was formed in 1966. The Society's mission is to discover, p...

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History Center of Lake Forest / Lake Bluff
(Lake Forest)
Originally named the Lake Forest Lake Bluff Historical Society, the History Center of Lake Forest-La...

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Mother Rudd House and Museum
(Gurnee)
This original 1844 building was once a stagecoach stop, tavern, post office, town hall and candy sto...

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National Museum of the American Sailor
(Great Lakes)
As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the National Museum of the American Sailor's missi...

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Ray Bradbury Experience Museum
(Waukegan)
RBEM's current location is under development to become an experiential museum in 2020 (honoring ...

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Shiloh House
(Zion)
Shiloh House is an elegant 25-room mansion built in 1901 by Zion's founder, the Rev. John Alexan...

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The Bettendorf Castle
(Fox River Grove)
The Bettendorf Castle hosts private group tours from time to time. We invite private groups to take ...

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The Sanfilippo Estate
(Barrington)
Private estate featuring one of the world's finest collections of restored, automatic musical in...

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Volo Auto Museum
(Volo)
The Most Under Priced Attraction in the area! 36 acres of family fun. See 300 classic, antique and M...

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Volo Bog State Natural Area
(Ingleside)
If you're looking for a truly unique outdoor adventure, head for Volo Bog State Natural Area in ...

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Waukegan History Museum
(Waukegan)
The Waukegan Historical Society’s headquarters is the Waukegan History Museum located in beaut...

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Wildlife Discovery Center
(Lake Forest)
The Wildlife Discovery Center is a special place offering programs for people of all ages who have a...

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