The Raupp Museum walks you through the history of Buffalo Grove. There is a Town Square Gallery that depicts a street during the early 1900's. Another gallery depicts the history of Buffalo Grove. A third gallery holds changing exhibits.
We are always looking for activities that are both interesting and affordable in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. The Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove definitely fits this bill.
The Raupp Museum takes a child-friendly approach to walking kids through the history of Buffalo Grove. The museum is comprised of three galleries. One gallery depicts the history of Buffalo Grove through depicting scenes and displaying artifacts. Some of the items are hands-on, so kids are immediately engaged. My daughter loves the typewriter and has to always stop to milk the cow!
The next gallery depicts a Town Square from the early 1900's. There are small buildings that the kids can explore. My daughter cannot leave the museum without a visit to the bank or the school. She definitely needs to take a look at the McGuffy Readers.
The third gallery displays special exhibits. In the past, the gallery has housed a Civil War exhibit and an exhibit on kites. Currently, the gallery feature exhibit is about women earning the right to vote. With a rotating exhibit, there often is something new to discover!
When school is out, the museum often has free crafts. We enjoyed creating at the museum over the summer. They have some events already scheduled for this winter break. They also have learning experiences through the Buffalo Grove Park District for reasonable prices. Additionally, they work with schools and scout troops for special programs.
While the museum is small, I think that it is great for engaging children. Larger museums can be overwhelming. Also, it is free (donations are always welcome), making it budget friendly. Plus, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
We love the Raupp Museum and will be back this winter!