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

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


Hours of Operation

Wednesday 1pm - 5pm
Thursday    1pm - 5pm
Friday       11am - 5pm
Saturday    1pm - 5pm

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

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Soda Straw Rocket Children's Activities:
Great Lakes Naval Museum hosts
Soda-Straw Rockets Activity

January 17, 2015 at 1:00pm

Students will have a chance to learn about rockets and the science behind them, basic scientific principles such as gravity, force, and motion. Students will also build and launch their own Soda-Straw Rocket. This activity is appropriate for all students in grades 4th – 12th. All craft supplies will be provided.

Revolutionary Ships Great Lakes Naval Museum will host a lecture by Naval Historian Dr. Michael Crawford.
January 23, 2015 at 1:00pm

Dr. Crawford is the editor of "Naval Documents of the American Revolution, Volume 12," and will be presenting and discussing his work. This publication contains the authentic words of actors in the drama of the Revolution, through diaries, letters, petitions, and ships’ logs, as well as muster rolls, orders, official reports, and newspaper accounts. The collection includes American, British, French, and Spanish points of view and gives voice to common seamen, civilians, women, and slaves as well as policy makers, political leaders, and naval and military officers. This event is free and open to the public.

dodecahedron with airplane picture Children's Activities:
Great Lakes Naval Museum will host
"Let's Fly Away"
February 21, 2015 at 1:00pm

Children are encouraged to come build and color a Naval Aviation-themed dodecahedron (a 12-sided cube) and learn about the role of African-Americans in Naval Aviation.

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