Lizzadro Museum Re-opening in Oak Brook, mid November 2019.

Lizzadro Museum Elmhurst Location Closed.

After 57 years, the Museum’s Elmhurst location at 220 Cottage Hill Avenue will close on May 31st as the Museum prepares to move to a larger space in Oak Brook and re-open in the fall of 2019. For more information, contact the Museum by email:

The Lizzadro Museum opened in Elmhurst in 1962 and houses one of the largest collections of lapidary art in the world. The new building at 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook provides improved space for exhibits, educational activities and special events.


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Tue Nov 1 2

Official Opening of Lizzadro Museum in Oak Brook!!

The Lizzadro Museum will be opening its doors in Oak Brook on November 12th, 2019! Museum hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come check out our new digs!

Sat Dec 1 4

Rock and Mineral Identification @ 10:30 a.m.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds and Boy & Girl Scout merit badges. Scout groups require adult supervision.

75 minutes – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
Fee: $8.00 per person; Museum Members Free
Reservations Required (630) 833-1616


Sat Dec 1 4

Rockin’ Jewelry for Kids @ 1:30 p.m.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

This beginner’s class allows children to make their own gemstone jewelry to keep. Choose two different types of jewelry to make with stones from the Museum Shop and learn how to work with jeweler’s tools. Great for Girl Scout Jewelry Badge, parties of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule a private class.

Ages 8 to 16 years – 75 minutes
$12.00 per person; Museum Members $10.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

*Please Note: The Lizzadro Museum is scheduled to open late October in Oak Brook. To keep up to date, please check our website and sign-up for our e-newsletter. We hope to see you this fall!

The Educator is now taking reservations for private Rock and Mineral Identification and Rockin’ Jewelry classes to begin in November. To schedule a private class, groups must have at least 10 participants. Please email to schedule your group today!

“A gem of a museum”

– Pioneer Press

1990 to 2019

The Museum’s 50th Anniversary celebration featured Florentine mosaics and mosaicists from Italy.
Peruvian lapidary, Luis Aparicio instructs a carving workshop.


In the last 29 years the Museum has hosted numerous local, national and international lapidary artists, held over 1,000 weekend programs and organized nearly 100 collecting field trips. We could not have done it without the help of our dedicated staff, volunteers and support from our patrons and members.


Annual collecting field trips have remained popular since 1998.
Gemologist Sakina Bharani is a dedicated volunteer and presenter of gemology themed lectures.

As we close our doors in Elmhurst at the end of May, we hope you will join us at our new location in Oak Brook, opening in the fall of 2019. We look forward to sharing our experience of rocks & minerals and appreciating the beauty of lapidary art.

Thanks for the memories Elmhurst!


Concept for an exhibit called the Jade Carving Wall that better interprets how many of the pieces in the collection were carved.

Dear Patrons,

Construction on the new Museum in Oak Brook is underway! When the Museum closes in Elmhurst we expect a down period before reopening in Oak Brook. We will continue sending you our e-newsletters and updates as we move along in the process. There will be opportunities for naming rights of new exhibit cases and certain areas in the new building. If you are interested in donating, please contact the Museum for more information on how your contribution can be used in the new facility. I look forward to keeping in touch with our members and patrons in the coming months. We will be sending our Winter Calendar of programs and events in December. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Dorothy Asher

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