May 11th, 2017 by

Whether you are a visitor or a full-time resident of Schaumburg, IL area, it is always fun to visit a museum. There are plenty of attractions in the area to suit the interests of the whole family. Here is a listing of five museums that offer unique exhibits.

If you are visiting Schaumburg don’t miss the Wood Library’s History of Anesthesiology Museum. You will see the actual medical devices that were used for surgical anesthetics and other pain relief procedures. The museum also includes artwork, biographies, and videos that portray the beginnings of anesthesia through modern-day procedures. There is a huge library full of books about anesthesia and anesthesiology and an exhibit on alternative medicine methods.

Don’t let the name Trickster Art Gallery of Native and Cultural Fine Arts confuse you. This museum, named after a Native American spirit that likes to have fun as well as educate, helps visitors to understand the evolving culture and social issues faced by Native Americans. You can see an actual buffalo hide stretched on a frame, learn how the buffalo was used for more than just shelter, and see other artifacts like drums and dance regalia. Many of the exhibits are interactive, so you can experience what it felt like to live on the Plains. Sit in a real teepee and handle artifacts actually used by Native Americans. There is also an outdoor area featuring art and sculptures.

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst takes you on a beautiful journey of fine art made with gemstones. You will see Roman mosaics made with tiles that actually look like paintings, a statue of founder Joseph Lizzadro, Sr. made of 1,300 pieces of natural stone without using any grout, and dioramas featuring wildlife, farm, and prehistoric scenes. See the huge piece of petrified wood that weighs over two tons and other rock and mineral displays. Don’t miss the jade, amber and ivory carvings, or the castle made from 18 karat gold.

The Fire Zone in Schaumburg is where children can experience what it’s like to be a firefighter, complete with kid-sized fire engines, station house, and protective gear. Actual firefighters staff the museum and help children learn about fire safety and career paths in the field. It’s a wonderful place to host a birthday party, drop-in on fun activities, or rent a real fire engine.

If you are hungry after all that Fire Zone playing you can stop at the McDonald’s #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines. The museum is on the site of the first McDonald’s restaurant opened by Ray Kroc on April 15, 1955. Although the original building is no longer there, an exact replica, built from the original plans, has been set up with the original equipment from that store. There is even a current McDonald’s on the site that serves the full menu.

Tourists and townies alike have a wonderful selection of museums to fit every taste. Make sure to visit and check them out soon.

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