Since we were in the area for a birthday party, we decided to check out the Lake County Discovery Museum and mostly because I checked out a Museum Adventure Pass.
Nitty Gritty: Admission was free since we used the Museum Adventure Pass. Admission is normally $6 for adults, $2.50 for youth ages four to 17 and free for children three years and under. On Tuesdays, they offer discounted rates: adults $3, ages 4-17 (up to five children per adult) FREE. Plus, you can download a $1 off coupon here. It is located in the Lakewood Forest Preserves and parking is free and plentiful. It also is stroller friendly. There is a family restroom close by the Children’s Learning Gallery. There is nowhere to buy food here.
Even before entering the museum, a mastodon greets you right outside. The museum is small enough that it can be seen in about an hour. Though the museum is not tailored to children, there is enough to keep the lil ones engages.
The current exhibit is The Blues: From the Heart to the Soul which features a legendary Blues player Chuck Goering from Libertyville. One of the cool things we saw was a replica of a blues lounge where you could play the keyboard or the drums on stage.
As a Postcard lover, I knew I had to check out the Curt Teich Postcard Archives.Who knew there were puzzle postcards? I also loved seeing the vintage postcards.
There is also a room called the Children’s Learning Gallery dedicated to kids. My toddler was able to crawl through a tree trunk, play with animal puppets and little toy animals. They also have an exhibit Prehistoric Lake County that showcases some fossils that include mastodon bones and dinosaur fossils.
You can’t really miss their gift shop since you need to enter and exit through. Take a little time to check out what they have – they have some really cool postcards.
- Rockin’ out with the drum set and keyboard
- Checking out all the vintage postcards
- Buying my own Wauconda postcard (Who knew?)
- Learning that Dinosaurs roamed Lake County
- Seeing more Mastodon bones (Want to see more? Check out Phillips Park in Aurora)
Bottom Line: Yes, if you’re in the area, stop on by and check out what new exhibits they have. They have plans to move to Libertyville in about 2 or 3 years. I would be interested in checking out what they have to offer as well. To really enjoy the museum, I would say you’d have to be 4 +. My 2 year old though still had a great time!
Tip: Since is located in the Forest Preserves, you could certainly have a picnic before or after.