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WELCOME TO THE GREAT LAKES NAVAL MUSEUM

The museum is located at the Naval Station Great Lakes by the Main Gate. Admission and parking are free.

Address: Building 42, 610 Farragut Avenue, Great Lakes, IL 60088

MUSEUM INFORMATION

Hours of Operation

Mon-Sat  9am - 5pm

Guided tours and additional hours by appointment.
Please call 847-688-3154
or email glnm@navy.mil for more information.



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GREAT LAKES NAVAL MUSEUM EVENTS

   
Pulleys Educational Activity
Simple Machines: Pulleys
May 21, 2016
from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. in the Museum Theatre

Pulleys are clever devices that allow us to lift and move large amounts of weight with a much smaller force. Students in this class will learn about the types of simple machines and about pulley systems. Students will also have the opportunity to build their own pulley system and move objects of various weight and size. This event is free and open to the public. All craft supplies will be provided.

Admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

Teacher lecturing in front of a class Public Lecture
The Calumet Navy Yard and the Fight for Civil Rights: 1942-1945
May 27, 2016
from 12:15 pm until 1:15 pm. in the Museum Theatre

In early 1942, the U.S. Navy turned to the nation’s railroad car builder, Pullman, for 78 naval warships. In just 30 months, the shipyard’s 6,000 men and women – White, African-American, Hispanic, Chinese, and World War I Veterans – dramatically challenged American racial segregation. But did anything change? Join Museum Archivist Mr. Martin Tuohy for an exploration of the Calumet Harbor shipbuilders lasting legacies on the 73rd Anniversary of a momentous weekend.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

Midway Commemoration Commemoration
Battle of Midway
June 6, 2016
at 1:00 pm in the Museum Theatre

 Join us in a commemoration of the Battle of Midway. Speaker: Capt James Hawkins, USN.

Admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

a band playing Summer Concert Series #1
Brass Ambassadors
June 17, 2016
from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm on the Museum’s front porch

Please join the Great Lakes Naval Museum and Navy Band Great Lakes as we present the first show of our 2016 Summer Concert Series. The brass quintet, “Brass Ambassadors,” will be performing on the Museum’s front porch as they play a variety of summertime favorites.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

Trebuchet Educational Activity
Complex Machines: Trebuchets
June 18, 2016
from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. in the Museum Theatre

Navy aircraft carriers use catapults to launch aircraft off the ship’s deck. Yet, these complex machines have been used throughout history. Students in this class will learn about the history and science of trebuchets and catapults and will have the opportunity to build their own trebuchet. Once the students build their trebuchets, we will take them outside and put them to the test. This event is free and open to the public and all craft supplies will be provided.

Admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

Teacher lecturing in front of a class Public Lecture
Lee Murdock: Windjammers, Sternwheelers, and Tin-Stackers; Working Waterways of Illinois
June 24, 2016
from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. in the Museum Theatre

Using folk songs to tell the story of commerce on the rivers, canals, and Lake Michigan’s shoreline in Illinois, speaker Lee Murdock traces the rise of shipping in our state, from keelboats of the 19th century to today’s 1,000-foot lake freighters. Lee Murdock sings and speaks the language of the river rats and schooner-men, the modern-day sailor, and the environmentalist as he tells of heroic deeds, comical characters, and the beauty of our state’s waterways.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

Teacher lecturing in front of a class Public Lecture
Ed Finch: Hollywood and WWII
July 16, 2016
from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm in the Museum Theatre

During WWII, the American film industry (commonly called Hollywood) produced over 1,300 feature films. This is an amazing fact considering that the cellulose used to make motion picture film was also sorely needed for the production of munitions. This program explores the relationship between the major Hollywood Studios and the American war effort, as well as a look at the creation and evolution of a new genre of film – The Combat Film. Excerpts from various films made during and after the war will be shown.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

a band playing Summer Concert Series #2
FairWinds
July 22, 2016
from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm on the Museum’s front porch

Please join the Great Lakes Naval Museum and Navy Band Great Lakes as we present the second show of our 2016 Summer Concert Series. The woodwind quintet, “FairWinds,” will be performing on the Museum’s front porch as they play a variety of summertime favorites.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

sailboat Educational Activity
Engineering Design Challenge: Sailboat Races
July 23, 2016
from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm in the Museum Theatre

You are on the United States Naval Academy Sailing Team and you’re hoping to win the coveted McMillian Cup! Students in this class will design, build, and race across the simulated Chesapeake Bay in the shortest amount of time in hopes of winning the title. This challenge is great fun for students and families. This event is free and open to the public and all supplies will be provided.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

a band playing Summer Concert Series #3
Liberty Call
August 19, 2016
from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm on the Museum’s front porch

Please join the Great Lakes Naval Museum and Navy Band Great Lakes as we present the last show of our 2016 Summer Concert Series. The brass band, “Liberty Call,” will be performing on the Museum’s front porch as they play a variety of summertime favorites.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

compass Educational Activity
Navigation at the Museum: Compasses and Direction
August 20, 2016
from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm in the Museum Theatre

Knowing where you’re at and where you’re going are important parts of Navy life, especially when you’re not at sea. Students in this class will learn how to orient a map, use a compass, and find landmarks confidently as they navigate our compass course. This event is free and open to the public and all supplies will be provided.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

the sun,the moon, and stars Educational Activity
Celestial Navigation: Finding our Way
September 24, 2016
from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm in the Museum Theatre

Celestial Navigation, or navigating by the stars, is the art and science of finding your geographic position by means of astronomical observation. Students in this class will learn about the ancient navigators, build their own quadrant, and learn how to use this device as they make a map of the classroom. This event is free and open to the public and all supplies will be provided.

There is no charge for this event and museum admission and parking are free. Please call (847) 688-3154 or email glnm@navy.mil for more information about this event.

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