Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

This museum displays gemstone treasures, from antique to modern, and earth science exhibits. Explore the art of cutting and polishing stone, and watch a film from one of a variety of subjects, such as Chinese jade carving, and earth history. Groups can engage in a scavenger hunt as they make their way through both levels of the museum, viewing exhibits on diamonds, rock and mineral identification, and the Historical Figures collection, featuring 1/4 life size portraits of historic personalities. Homeschool and camp groups can learn identification techniques and the Mohs scale.
Contact Info
Address: 220 South Cottage Hill Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126. DuPage County. Tel: 630-833-1616. Website: Email: Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM. 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Guided Activities, Self-guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2.5 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.