Current Exhibitions

Special Traveling Exhibit!
Small Wonders: Insects in Focus

January 17 – March 16

In the air, water, and even under foot, insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on earth. By using cutting-edge technology and custom methods, artist Bob Sober created Small Wonders: Insects In Focus, an exhibition of breathtaking beauty that allows viewers to see this hidden world like they’ve never seen it before. In an artistic way, Small Wonders aims to inspire our natural curiosity to understand the form, function and diversity of nature. 

Permanent Galleries

The Raupp Museum features 2 permanent exhibit galleries on the main level:

Main Gallery – History of Buffalo Grove


Experience the ways Buffalo Grove has changed as you walk through 150 years of history. Visitors can learn what grew in a Potawatomi garden, sit on the porch of an 1890s farmhouse, milk the museum’s replica dairy cow, try a typewriter, and see a bicycle from 1958. Learn how Buffalo Grove got started, and also how it grew into the community it is today.

Crossroads Gallery

Explore Buffalo Grove in the early 1900s! Visitors can listen to Morse code at the train station, see what’s for sale at the general store, try the tools at the service station, and learn what it was like to grow flowers at the greenhouse. 

Changing Exhibit Schedule

Our temporary exhibit spaces on the Lower Level and in the Main Gallery feature different exhibits throughout the year. Our exhibit schedule is listed below!

Ballots, Babes and Beer | Ongoing, Main Gallery

Explore the history of women’s suffrage in Illinois and its relationship to prohibition.

Our curator recently did a talk about these issues at the Lake County History Symposium: Listen Now!

Blooming Buffalo Grove | March 2020, Main Gallery

What came after farming? It was flowers. Learn about the greenhouses and nurseries that once called Buffalo Grove home, in this new exhibit about local businesses related to plants and flowers. 

50 Years of Fun | Spring 2020, Lower Level

Join the Raupp Museum as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo Grove Park District with a special hands-on exhibit. Visitors will discover what was here before the parks, learn how the District got started, see the ways playgrounds have changed over 50 years, and hear stories from residents who have worked and played in the parks over the past 50 years. 

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