Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda

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Lake County Discovery Museum is an interactive museum of history, art, and popular culture located in Wauconda, Illinois. The museum, established in 1976 and sited in Lakewood Forest Preserve as part of the larger Lake County Forest Preserve District, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and presenting the history and culture of Lake County, Illinois. The museum houses among its collections the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, the largest public collection of postcards in the United States.
Originally a group of pre-American Civil War farm properties, the land and buildings which surround the museum were part of the Lakewood Farms, an estate created after 1937 by Chicago contractor Malcolm Boyle. Boyle acquired area plots over time, gradually erecting seventeen structures which briefly served as a working dairy farm, but now serve as offices, libraries, storage, exhibit and gallery spaces for the museum and its collections.
Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum began gathering support in 1971 and after the Farms complex was acquired, the museum was launched in 1976. Six years later the donation of the Curt Teich Postcard Archives brought five semi-truck trailers of postcards and related files to the museum. As the museum's collections and archives continue to grow, the museum plans a move to newer, larger facilities which it will share with Preserve District offices in Libertyville.
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  • First of all, the Lake County Discovery Museum isn't where it was and isn't what it was. But it's still open to the public. And if you like postcards, this is the place. But if you want to view the...  more »
  • We loved the large interactive, stellite map of Lake County, proximities to various areas and could also find our house. People and places of local historical significance are featured in the museum.....  more »
  • Fabulous museum! LOVED the Marvelocity exhibit by comic artist Alex Ross . So many interesting things to see, especially his creative endeavors as a young child and adolescent, when these stories we love about superheroes began emerging along with his design ideas of what they should look like and how they should interact. Just brilliant! There are many other fantastic displays about the history of Lake County, including important artifacts from Fort Sheridan and many other historical documents and pieces of history. All beautifully displayed in this more spacious museum. This was my first visit and I was very impressed, there is much to be proud of, I will gladly return. Bravo to all who work there, a very special treasure in Lake County!
  • An excellent place for kids and children and teens and adults of all! check out all the historical facts from Lake County to go back to the early 16 and 1700s. go back in time to see dinosaur fossils, woolly mammoth teeth and tusks, take a dinosaur dig, check out a potawatomi wigwam, and learn some amazing facts of history (and local history too)!. Highly recommend! We visit often, as we learn new things each time we visit.
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