Main Exhibit

We believe communities flourish when people better understand what makes a community survive and thrive.

Our main exhibit, featuring interactive touchscreens and fascinating artifacts, tells the story of how Lake Forest and Lake Bluff formed, from the mastodons that once traversed this land to the people who have called it home.

Our unique exhibit format gives you a glimpse of the small stories of daily life and the big stories of changing the world. Since our technology allows us to continually add more stories, there's always something new to see and learn!

Main Exhibit

The main exhibit is the culmination of a decade of planning and community conversations. The narratives here reflect the ceaseless commitment of the staff and the board to assist the ever-changing needs of the public, and work to develop relevant, community-focused stories that deliver quality educational experiences to the public.

The Hunter Family Education Hall

The education hall highlights people, places and events that tell the stories of American community-building, from Paleoindians to the newest residents and visitors of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.

With a stated goal to create local and regional history narratives that are inclusive and expansive, the History Center staff works to capture the stories of all the people who have come to and through this area.

Education hall


LF-LB History Online

Hundreds of stories from our main exhibit are available online to browse from wherever you are. This collection expands every month, and you can contribute by sharing your own story, photos, and video online as well.

1906 photo


Our exhibits are always free to visit during our open hours, Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. If you'd like to request a museum tour from one of our staff or docents or make an appointment for an off-hours visit, please email