Lizzadro Museum Closing its doors in
Elmhurst, May 31, 2019

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.


Group Tours

A DVD program is available to all groups visiting the Museum. Reservations must be made, and tours can be arranged for groups with special interests or needs. Call the Museum during Museum Hours at 630.833.1616 to reserve a tour date and time or email: for tour availability.


Organized School, Scout, Camp and Child Care Centers with Museum tour: $2.00 per person including adults. Adult and Senior Groups are regular Museum admission: $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Senior Citizens. Friday is free admission for adult and senior group tours with an advance reservation.

Tour Time

Tours are offered to groups Tuesday through Saturday. The first tour starts at 10:00 a.m. The last tour is at 3:30 p.m. Total visiting time for group tours is one and a half hours not to exceed two hours.

Tours begin in the Museum’s lower-level “Rock & Mineral Experience” with an introduction by a tour guide. Watch a 15-minute DVD introduction to the exhibits in the Museum. You can preview the film by clicking here.

Afterwards adult groups are free to tour the Museum. Children’s groups are given directions by the tour guide about Museum rules, the scavenger hunt quiz, and the Museum Shop.

Scavenger Hunt Quiz

The scavenger hunt quiz is on a third-grade reading level and pertains to both levels of the Museum. Download the Scavenger Hunt Quiz Here. The group splits in half to take the quiz (2 to 3 students per quiz). The students answer questions by finding the exhibits. The groups then switch levels. The lower level group is allowed to visit the Museum Gift Shop in small groups accompanied by an adult. A large selection of low-priced items is available for children.

Museum Shop

Children’s groups that do not want to visit the Museum Shop can select low-priced purchases ahead of time. Purchases can be picked-up and paid for on the day of the tour.

View the Museum Shop pre-Order Form. (submit via email)

Picnic lunches

Picnic lunches are allowed outside in Wilder Park for a small fee. To reserve a picnic area, call the Elmhurst Park District at 630.993.8901 or for more information.


The Museum lot accommodates cars and vans, enter Wilder Park on Prospect Ave. Bus parking is available on the west side of Cottage Hill Ave. A parking map will be sent to groups traveling by bus after reservations are made. Car and Tour bus parking is free. Click the map below to enlarge.

Educational Brochure

This brochure outlines School and Scout Tours, The Rock & Mineral Challenge, Educational Videos, Teaching Aid Boxes and Educational Programs.

Download the Educational Brochure Here. (PDF)

For Rockhounds

Take the Rockhound's Quiz

Take "The Rockhound Quiz"

The Rock & Mineral Challenge

Explore "The Rock and Mineral Challenge"

The Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois a club dedicated to rock hounds (young and old) find out about field trips and information on rocks, minerals and fossils especially the Mazon Creek fossils of Illinois.

West Suburban Lapidary Club a club dedicated to lapidary hobbyists. If you are interested in learning how to cut & polish stones and silversmithing this is it!