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164 Hawley Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-1745 ph
(847) 223-4821 fx

Upcoming Programs
New Programs and Events

Amazing Exhibitions

Visit the museum for great exhibitions that appeal to all ages. Embracing Change: The Growth of Grayslake explores our community’s history from the earliest years to the present. A Good Time Was Had By All provides a nostalgic look at what we did for fun in old Grayslake.  This exhibition and the adjacent classroom provide younger visitors with plenty of hands-on fun, including the chance to help make a float, play Atari, listen to an old-fashioned radio broadcast, play festival style games, enjoy old-fashioned parlor activities, stage a puppet show and much, much more.  The Lure of Gray's Lake dives into the history of the lake which inspired our community's name.  The show includes the science of the lake, sporting events, people, places and adventures.  Little lake lovers will get hooked on our hands-on kids activities.  The museum’s Annex houses numerous agricultural implements, as well as a 1954 fire engine made in Grayslake, an 1890s hearse and a kerosene wagon. 

Search and Share Genealogy Group

Join the Grayslake Historical Society and local genealogists in the museum’s Archives on the first Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. for a lively discussion on researching family history. Share your own stories or come for advice from other genealogists.

Family Fun at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum

Make plans to visit the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum this winter.  Highlights include:    
  • Jan 12 at 10 AM - Saturday Kids! Traveling Basket:  Families are invited to put their hands on the past as members of the Grayslake Historical Society share artifacts from their Traveling Basket.  Look for a Saturday Kids! program on the second Saturday of each month.
  • Jan 15 at 2 PM - Meet Harriet Tubman: Join us on this day off from school as we learn about Harriet Tubman. Reenactor Pamela Welcome will share Harriet’s life as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and spy during the Civil War through stories and songs.
  • Jan 20 from 5 - 8 PM - Grayslake Arts Alliance Fine Art Show:  Stop by the museum to enjoy a display of art created by local artists as well as artist demonstrations and refreshments.
    Come be inspired!
  • Jan 21 at 7 PM, Folk Club Concert:  The museum hosts a concert by the Lake County Folk Club featuring Barbara Silverman & Colby Maddox, with opener Wattle & Daub. Tickets: General Audience $18, Seniors $15, Lake County Folk Club members $13.  The museum will be open before and after the show.

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