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Sat Jul 2 4

Meteorites or Meteorwrongs?

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

Meteorites are among the rarest minerals on earth – some are rarer than diamonds! There are many terrestrial, or earth rocks, that look similar to meteorites.  Join our Geologist, Sara Kurth, as she goes through the steps to discern meteorites from meteowrongs! Hand-samples will be available for participants to observe and test.

In-person Lecture 10:30 a.m. – 60 minutes – Ages 8 yrs. & up
Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
Register online here

Sat Aug 2 1

Reading the Rocks 10:30 a.m.

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

Interpretive in-person program outdoors in the Museum’s rock garden with our educator Geologist, Sara Kurth, focuses on the different types of rocks and minerals commonly found outside. Then explore inside the Museum and take the scavenger hunt quiz.

Ages 6 and up – Limited capacity
Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
30 minute outdoors (weather permitting) and 30 minutes indoor scavenger hunt
Register online here

Sat Aug 2 1

Reading the Rocks 1:30 p.m.

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

Interpretive in-person program outdoors in the Museum’s rock garden with our educator Geologist, Sara Kurth, focuses on the different types of rocks and minerals commonly found outside. Then explore inside the Museum and take the scavenger hunt quiz.

Ages 6 and up – Limited capacity
Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
30 minute outdoors (weather permitting) and 30 minutes indoor scavenger hunt
Register online here

Sat Aug 2 8

Secrets of the “Jade” Bi

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

The magnificent golden Bi was on display for over 50 years and is currently on display in the Fan Favorites special exhibit. Recent scientific findings and research reveal an update on the material and date of the object.  Join Dr. Kathleen Martin and other experts to learn about the scientific analysis and historical context of the Bi.

In-person Lecture 10:30 a.m. – 60-minutes – Recommended for Students and Adults
Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
Register online here

Sat Sep 1 1

The Science of Jurassic Park

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

Examine the facts and myths behind the movies with Donald Baumgartner, M.S. For the optimum experience, watch the movies before coming to the program.  Bring your fossils for identification after the presentation. After the presentation, Mr. Baumgartner will be selling fossils!

In-person Lecture  – 2:00 p.m – Ages 10 yrs. and up – 75 minutes.
Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
Register online here

Sat Sep 1 8

Smithsonian Museum Day

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

Come celebrate a one-day event for Smithsonian Affiliate Museums across the nation. Participants can download or print one ticket per email address for free general admission, up to two people, valid on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Explore the  Museum’s fascinating collection! Tickets can be downloaded at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

Self-Guided Tour – Up to 2 Free Admissions per ticket – Free Admission 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Exhibit
Fan Favorites from the Lizzadro Collection
Through August 29, 2021

Missing some of your favorite pieces in the Museum?
Re-visit the “Jade” Bi, the 18 Lohans, and the Rock Café!
See works by American lapidaries and the jadeite
table screen from the Chang Collection.
Learn fun facts about each piece in the exhibit.

Join us on Saturday August 28th at 10:30 a.m. for an
in-depth look into the “Jade” Bi.
Register here.

Unveiling the Totem

The Totem prior to move.
Robert Winslow carving on-site at McDonald’s U.
The artist with McDonald’s curators.

Have you driven by the Museum and noticed construction on the southeast corner? We are making space for a mega-sculpture by artist Robert Winslow called “Totem.” The sculpture was donated to the Museum by John Paul DeJoria, new owner of the (old) McDonald’s University property across the street, where the sculpture has stood for nearly 20 years.

This new-to-us carving is made of black granite, mined in Zimbabwe, Africa and shipped from Montreal, Canada to Oak Brook, Illinois. The uncarved quarried block was 27 tons, 20 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and 3 feet deep. Finding this block of stone was a stroke of luck for Winslow – there were many failed attempts at locating the perfect rock before this one was discovered. The carving was commissioned by Fred Turner, former CEO of McDonald’s Corporation. Winslow carved the piece in place on the McDonald’s property over the course of 3 and a half summers. It was finished in 2002. Because it was carved on-site, Winslow was forced to contend with the weather, only carving when the temperature was above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to Winslow’s artist statement: “The sculpture was carved on the McDonald’s property, close to Salt Creek. It was carved in the area used for landscaping needs for the property. In the summer, the only time the sculpture could be worked on, there were many visitors; snakes, lizards, snapping turtles, bumblebees, wasps, cicadas, strangely, and thankfully, not many mosquitoes. I felt the sculpture, in some ways, looked like a riverbed, with water falling down the form. The environment had influence in unconscious ways perhaps. I definitely wanted to express the natural feeling of the McDonald’s campus. As a child my father took the family camping in the High Sierras every summer. I would climb high in the mountains, sometimes gone for the day. Nature has always been an influence in my work. Originally the form was referred to as ‘water falling’. Architecture friends strongly objected, saying the name resembled Wright’s “Falling Water” house. Having studied architecture in college, it was difficult to disagree with them. Decided “Totem” was appropriate, as various aspects of history, McDonald’s, and the creatures present when carving, were represented, however abstractly, in the sculpture.”

The Totem sculpture is a wonderful addition to the Museum’s landscape, adding to the beauty and appreciation of hard stone carving. The Totem’s foundation, move and path from the patio will be completed this summer.

Looking for some extra fun
activities at the Museum?

Children and adults can take the scavenger hunt quiz.
A new quiz especially for adults will challenge your powers of observation.
Ask for the scavenger hunt at the front desk during check in!

Geocaching Scavenger Hunt


Check out the geocaching scavenger hunt for outdoor fun! Download the “Adventure Lab app from the App Store or Google Play, or visit the website. Once you’re logged on, check out the Museum Adventure Games
and start visiting sites! Each location has questions to be answered – win a  prize at certain locations!

Passport to Adventure and Geocaching is sponsored by KDRMA (The Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association). 

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to watch all of our virtual lectures!

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