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The Bess Bower Dunn Museum

1899 West Winchester Road , Libertyville, IL 60048


The Bess Bower Dunn Museum provides a chronological walk through Lake County’s history from prehistoric times to the present, as well as directs visitors to explore the land where it happened.

The Dunn Museum is dedicated to sharing the entwined stories of people, events and nature through exhibitions, education and community engagement. Our passion is to explore history as a vibrant force that connects us all through time. Our vision is to encourage and inspire others to make a positive influence in their communities and our world. The Museum is named for Bess Bower Dunn (1877–1959), Lake County’s first official historian who traveled throughout the county photographing historic sites and meeting with residents to record their stories. She personally acquired some of the artifacts and documents that are now part of the Dunn Museum’s priceless collections.

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