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Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art., Elmhurst

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Founded in 1962 by lapidary hobbyist and collector Joseph Lizzadro the Museum houses a world-class collection of Chinese jade and hard-stone carvings from around the world.

Educational programs and group tours are arranged with reservations. The Museum also offers a unique Gift Shop and is available of eventing rentals.
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  • If you have any interest in rocks and minerals, this place is worth the trip. Small but jam-packed with gorgeous pieces and informative descriptions and displays.  more »
  • I recommend this place highly. A gem of Elmhurst. For a small town museum, this place has the collection of a big town institution.  more »
  • This museum has been here almost my whole life and I never knew about it. It was a rainy day so I looked for something to do and this museum came out on my search. I called a friend and we went togeth...  more »
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  • Extremely knowledgeable staff (even the security officer knew a ton of tidbits about the pieces' various provenances) and some genuinely interesting and unique pieces. I loved seeing the blend of art ranging from ancient Chinese reticulated ivory puzzle spheres to modern cameo artists' work. Charming little hidden gem of a museum.
  • Free parking. Free admission on Friday. Wasn't crowded. I think normal admission is $5. Honestly if you live 30 minutes from here you must go. Really cool carvings, info about gems, minerals, and stone. Plenty of items in all price ranges at the gift shop. Just plain cool items to look at.
  • Unexpected delight. The museum has an interesting collection of gemstone art above ground, and a educational exhibit below ground. The security guard is awesome and made sure we didn't miss the fact that the paintings on the walls were in fact not paintings, but collages made with pieces of stone! We would have totally overlooked the incredible artistry if he hadn't pointed them out, calling attention to the detail in a few where the joins were more visible. It was a really interesting collection with everything from traditional jade carvings to dioramas with realistic baby robins and a slice of petrified wood turned into a giant butterfly. Some of the examples of gemstones on the lower level appeared to be as fine examples of art just from being sliced and polished. Really beautiful examples are on display at the gem of a museum.
  • Friends to us over and we could not believe the fantastic work old and modern. A must visit if you appreciate artistic stone carving and geology.
  • Neat place for rock hounds and "normals" alike! This unassuming building in an unassuming suburb holds quite an awesome collection. Two floors of carved rock and minerals. Pay close attention to the items on the wall. They are not paintings, but mosaics! Great place to spend some time on a rainy Chicago afternoon.

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