Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum

Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum is a state of the art history museum located in downtown Grayslake.
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The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum represents years of planning and cooperation. Working together, the Village of Grayslake and the Grayslake Historical Society opened the new facility on August 15, 2010. This state of the art history museum features multiple exhibition galleries, a classroom, a community room, archives and collections storage. It incorporates the original Village Hall, a former one-room school house moved to the site and expanded in 1895.

Stop by after visiting the Grayslake Farmers Market this morning!Visit Grayslake
05/04/2019

Stop by after visiting the Grayslake Farmers Market this morning!
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Hooray for a bright beautiful sunny MAY FEST day! Come see us and our artful splendor today from 12-4pm outside, inside, and all around the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum. #visitgrayslake

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05/04/2019

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Save the Date - The 5th Annual George Weinert Fishing Derby is Saturday, June 1 at Jones Island Park!🐟

Fishing for some historic facts? Stop by the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum to see "Where the Fun Grows" exhibit featuring all sorts of fun facts, pictures, and stories about the Grayslake Park District.

📸: Courtesy of the Grayslake Historical Society

A BIG thank you to everyone who came to our first Best of Grayslake!Thank you to Wine Knows, 129 Center Cut, Abel's Pizz...
05/02/2019

A BIG thank you to everyone who came to our first Best of Grayslake!

Thank you to Wine Knows, 129 Center Cut, Abel's Pizza & Mexican Food, the Hospitality and Culinary Management department at College of Lake County, Heinen's, Kawa Japanese Restaurant, Light the Lamp Brewery, Roost 83, Uniquely Sweet, and The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar for sharing your bites and beverages! Special thanks to Doppler Audio for the music and to The Traveling Squirrel for photos!

It may be snowing outside, but it feels like spring in here!  The SummershotZ: Photography Exhibit featuring student pho...
04/27/2019

It may be snowing outside, but it feels like spring in here! The SummershotZ: Photography Exhibit featuring student photography (and raffle prizes and snacks) is open today until 5 pm.

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04/27/2019

FYI

Sorry folks tomorrow's market has been canceled, It’s worth noting, weather history suggests we see snow once in 10 years this late in the season. This is indeed rare meteorological territory. See you next week!

04/26/2019

We have two events and early hours this weekend! On Saturday from 11 to 5, stop by for the SummershotZ: Photography Exhibit showcasing the photography of local students. Then come back Sunday to see Chelesti Winds perform a Spring Woodwind Concert at 2. If you're headed to the Grayslake Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning, don't forget to visit us after you eat.
At any of these events (or during our open hours through the end of June), you can enter to win a children's birthday from the Grayslake Park District!

The room looks wonderful and the food is arriving soon! We can’t wait to see you at Best of Grayslake tonight. A few t...
04/25/2019

The room looks wonderful and the food is arriving soon! We can’t wait to see you at Best of Grayslake tonight. A few tickets are still available at the door.

Thank you Tammy Muto, Marcie Molek, and Philip Bruno, the spring decorations look great!

04/17/2019

Our friends from the Hospitality and Culinary Management department at College of Lake County will be cooking up something sweet and something savory Best of Grayslake next Thursday! To try their dishes--along with bites and beverages from ten other Grayslake restaurants--get your tickets ASAP.

04/16/2019

Wine Knows will be pairing wine samples with yummy food from Grayslake area restaurants at Best of Grayslake next week! Buy your tickets today!

When the Grayslake Farmers Market is open, we’re open! Spring hours start today!
04/13/2019

When the Grayslake Farmers Market is open, we’re open! Spring hours start today!

It's opening day! Stock up before the weird weather hits!

Have you seen our lobby display cases recently? Local community members display their treasured collections and share th...
03/28/2019

Have you seen our lobby display cases recently? Local community members display their treasured collections and share them with guests. Come see what your neighboors are passionate about!

Halloween is only 218 days away. Why not celebrate early by visiting the Heritage Center annex where our horse-drawn hea...
03/27/2019

Halloween is only 218 days away. Why not celebrate early by visiting the Heritage Center annex where our horse-drawn hearse is on display. Things might get spooky!

Over the years, the Grayslake Park District has done a lot of ground breaking work (pun intended). Come by the Heritage ...
03/26/2019

Over the years, the Grayslake Park District has done a lot of ground breaking work (pun intended). Come by the Heritage Center and visit "Where the Fun Frows" where Park District awards and trophys (including these ground breaking shovels) are on display.

Who's that hiding behind the Kerosene Wagon? See what else is lurking in the Heritage Center Annex. Stop by Wed - Sat fr...
03/25/2019

Who's that hiding behind the Kerosene Wagon? See what else is lurking in the Heritage Center Annex. Stop by Wed - Sat from 12 to 4 and ask for a tour!

Ever wanted to know what museum objects are thinking? Stop by "Tales Unveiled" and put a face to this tale!
03/24/2019

Ever wanted to know what museum objects are thinking? Stop by "Tales Unveiled" and put a face to this tale!

The Grayslake Park District has offered so many different programs and events throughout the years. Stop by "Where the F...
03/23/2019

The Grayslake Park District has offered so many different programs and events throughout the years. Stop by "Where the Fun Grows" and learn about programs past and present!

Have a free day? Stop by the Heritage Center with the whole family for a day of fun and learning! Our new exhibit, Where...
03/22/2019

Have a free day? Stop by the Heritage Center with the whole family for a day of fun and learning! Our new exhibit, Where the Fun Grows, features a hands on learning area.

03/19/2019
The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar

The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar put together a GREAT video of the Shop 'n' Swirl Wine Walk!

We're happy to share some footage from the first Shop 'n' Swirl Wine Walk! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone that came out in the rain and everyone that helped on this first event! Visit Grayslake #visitgrayslake #eatdrinkbelocal @graGrayslake Heritage Center and Museum

Where's the Fire! Visit the Heritage Center annex today and see Wilbur (our vintage fire engine)!
03/16/2019

Where's the Fire! Visit the Heritage Center annex today and see Wilbur (our vintage fire engine)!

Did you know that before they purchased Jones Island, The Grayslake Park District took a midnight tour of the property! ...
03/15/2019

Did you know that before they purchased Jones Island, The Grayslake Park District took a midnight tour of the property! Walk through "Where the Fun Grows" to learn more about our local parks.

We cannot thank Shop 'n' Swirl Wine Walk participants, businesses, and fellow organizers enough!  What a wonderful night...
03/15/2019
Rain can't stop Grayslake Shop 'n' Swirl

We cannot thank Shop 'n' Swirl Wine Walk participants, businesses, and fellow organizers enough! What a wonderful night in Grayslake!

Bulletin Board: A Post From the Community | When the weather forecast called for rain on March 9, the day of the first Shop 'n' Swirl in historic downtown Grayslake, members of the Downtown Grayslake Small Business Group were more than a little worried. The fledgling organization had pre-sold 300 ti...

Feeling Lucky? Join the The Lake County Folk Club on March 17th at 7:00pm for a special musical celebration of Ireland w...
03/14/2019

Feeling Lucky? Join the The Lake County Folk Club on March 17th at 7:00pm for a special musical celebration of Ireland with songs of the Emerald Isle from the Irish-American immigrant experience.

03/14/2019

We have a winner! Heritage Center staff pulled the lucky winner from our wine walk raffle. Congratulations to Traci Burns! Visit Grayslake

Living in the midwest, we see a lot of dairy-related products. Grayslake Historical Society member Jane Trump will be di...
03/12/2019

Living in the midwest, we see a lot of dairy-related products. Grayslake Historical Society member Jane Trump will be discussing how Grayslake was involved with the tough, and sometimes violent, milk industry on March 13 at 7pm.

In 1966, local high school students helped build portions of Jaycee Park. Stop by "Where the Fun Grows" to learn about t...
03/11/2019

In 1966, local high school students helped build portions of Jaycee Park. Stop by "Where the Fun Grows" to learn about the Grayslake Park District and how the community came together to assist in its development!

Want to get know more about local businesses and organizations in downtown Grayslake? Please visit the link below and ta...
03/10/2019

Want to get know more about local businesses and organizations in downtown Grayslake? Please visit the link below and take a virtual tour of local businesses and public buildings. See what they are all about!

https://grayslakevillagecenter.com/

For all you wine walkers, don’t forget to tag all selfies and pictures #VisitGrayslake!
03/09/2019

For all you wine walkers, don’t forget to tag all selfies and pictures #VisitGrayslake!

Stop by the Grayslake Heritage Center for our new display in "Where the Fun Grows". The Grayslake Park District has had ...
03/09/2019

Stop by the Grayslake Heritage Center for our new display in "Where the Fun Grows". The Grayslake Park District has had many commissioners throughout their history. See any familiar names?

03/09/2019

At this morning’s Saturday Kids, we made art with straws, salt, crayons, and paint. These Watercolor Wonders turned out great!

An interesting article about small museums as superheros! Small museums play a unique role in their comunities. Between ...
03/08/2019
Mini but Mighty: Why Small Museums are Superheroes - Museum Hack

An interesting article about small museums as superheros! Small museums play a unique role in their comunities. Between one on one experiences and personal relationships with visitors, smaller institutions create a bond around not just local history but with the community they serve.
https://museumhack.com/mighty-small-museums/

We think small museums are real-life superheroes. Smaller museums provide unforgettable experiences and unique stories for visitors of all kinds.

Have a song in your heart? Let it loose at the The Lake County Folk Club Open Stage this Sunday (March 10) at 6:30pm! Ea...
03/07/2019

Have a song in your heart? Let it loose at the The Lake County Folk Club Open Stage this Sunday (March 10) at 6:30pm! Each performer is allowed up to two songs spanning about 10 minutes. If time permits artists can perform an additional song near evening’s end.

The Grayslake Park District provides a wide variety of camps and programming. Visit "Where the Fun Grows" and guess whic...
03/06/2019

The Grayslake Park District provides a wide variety of camps and programming. Visit "Where the Fun Grows" and guess which programs are real and which are fake!

While livestock is traditionally associated with Chicago, it would make sense that milk also play key role in this area....
03/05/2019

While livestock is traditionally associated with Chicago, it would make sense that milk also play key role in this area. Join Grayslake Historical Society member Jane Trump on March 13th at 7:00pm as she discusses the hot button issues involved and reveals how Grayslake was in the thick of the often violent struggles that ensued at Milk Wars: Money, Mobsters and Mayhem.

Downtown Grayslake has so much to offer (including exhibits!). If youre having a walk in Millennium Court, the park at t...
03/04/2019

Downtown Grayslake has so much to offer (including exhibits!). If youre having a walk in Millennium Court, the park at the northeast corner of Center Street and Seymour Avenue, check out our ourdoor exhibits about the history of the area.

I have no Monet for Degas to make the Van Gogh. Who doesnt like art puns! Stop by the Heritage Center on March 9th for S...
03/03/2019

I have no Monet for Degas to make the Van Gogh.

Who doesnt like art puns! Stop by the Heritage Center on March 9th for Saturday Kids! as we learn about Watercolor Wonders. In honor of Youth Art Month, join us at 10am and we’ll explore fun ways to make watercolor art.

Individuals, non-profit groups, local businesses and organizations may use the Grayslake Heritage Center's Community Roo...
03/02/2019

Individuals, non-profit groups, local businesses and organizations may use the Grayslake Heritage Center's Community Room or Courtyard for events and meetings. Use of the entire facility for functions will be negotiated on a case by case basis. A $75 refundable damage deposit is required to use the facility. A goodwill donation for use of the site, made payable to the Grayslake Historical Society is greatly appreciated and helps to support future programs, events and exhibitions. A full copy of the facility use agreement form can be seen below: http://www.villageofgrayslake.com/DocumentCenter/View/6334/Community-Room-Policy-2016?bidId=

Traditionally, the history of items are told from the perspective of their owners or other such individuals. In "Tales U...
03/01/2019

Traditionally, the history of items are told from the perspective of their owners or other such individuals. In "Tales Unveiled," the items themselves tell their own story about how they were used and the historys they witnessed. Stop by the Heritage Center and see what they have to say about you!

Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum's cover photo
02/27/2019

Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum's cover photo

Who doesnt like a photo op! Come see "Where the Fun Grows" at the Heritage Center and take a picture with our park scene...
02/26/2019

Who doesnt like a photo op! Come see "Where the Fun Grows" at the Heritage Center and take a picture with our park scene.

As the weather is constantly changing, come by the Heritage Center annex and see how much Grayslake itself has changed o...
02/25/2019

As the weather is constantly changing, come by the Heritage Center annex and see how much Grayslake itself has changed over the years!

Do you have a special memory from a Grayslake Park District program or event? Would you be willing to share that memory?...
02/24/2019

Do you have a special memory from a Grayslake Park District program or event? Would you be willing to share that memory? Visit "Where the Fun Grows" at the Heritage Center and share your experiences!

Share your own stories or come for advice from other genealogists. Search & Share Genealogy on Wednesday, March 6 at 2 P...
02/22/2019

Share your own stories or come for advice from other genealogists. Search & Share Genealogy on Wednesday, March 6 at 2 PM. Join the Grayslake Historical Society and local genealogists for a lively discussion on researching family and local history.

Address

164 Hawley St
Grayslake, IL
60030

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(847) 543-1745

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