From exhibitions on the First People, to those iconic dinosaurs, and even innovations across the county, the Lake County Dunn Museum features a number of fascinating exhibits that showcase the history and culture of the area all around you.
Yes, you are literally standing on a historic goldmine!
Kids can learn all about the history of the Earth nearly 4 billion years ago, and those incredible dinosaurs that lived on the planet long before us. In fact, long before the dinosaurs you can see the Dunn Museum's OLDEST artifact - a fossil rock estimated to be 420 million years old!
Kids can learn about the dinosaurs that lived in Lake County, and get up close and personal with their very own Dryptosaurus, as well as help excavate an ice age dig site!
The learning continues with The First People exhibit, showcasing the story of Native Americans in Lake County as far back as 12,000 years ago.
Kids can explore a full scale reproduction of a wigwam, and even meet Native Americans who continue to call Lake County home.
In the decades following the Civil War, the area saw a rapid expansion of railroads and highways that brought a boom in industry, and yes, the Dunn Museum features an exhibit on that too! Kids can have a picnic in an old lotus boats, or learn about early motion pictures!
To enjoy some of that fresh Illinois air, the Dunn Museum also has a Woodland Theater where you can hear firsthand about the important work being done to preserve and restore the land.
History, nature, and of course dinosaurs! It's all happening at Lake County Dunn Museum and YOU can be part of it's history!
The Dunn Museum is located in the General Offices of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 1899 West Winchester Road between Route 45 and Butterfield Road in Libertyville, Illinois. The entrance is on the south side of the building. Once you turn south onto Technology Way follow signs to the Dunn Museum.Get directions
$6.00 (Ages 4-17)
Keep an eye out for special events across the year, including Maple Syrup Hikes, Halloween fun and Civil War Days!
The Dunn Museum Gift Shop offers a selection of items inspired by the history and culture of Lake County, including books, posters, notecards, photos, jewelry, apparel and other custom products. Items created by local artisans are also featured in the shop.
They offer fun field trips, in-school programs and scout group experiences where kids can learn, enjoy group work and explore critical thinking!
Just give them a call to ask about the accessibility, they will be happy to help!