Anime-zing Museum Exhibit in Illinois

WAUCONDA, IL - “Anime-zing: The World of Japanese Animation,” will open Saturday, August 13, 2005, at the Lake County Discovery Museum at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda. This exciting new exhibit explores the world of Japanese animation, known as anime.

Explore this pop culture phenomenon through an interactive exhibit that includes anime clips, original production art, collectibles and more. Through an interactive journey, visitors will trace anime's history and cultural roots, learn about its creators and fans and delve into its various genres. Learn about Japanese storytelling and the art of anime through popular shows and movies such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Ghost in the Shell, Sailor Moon and Speed Racer, which are all featured in the exhibit.

“Anime-zing” exhibit highlights include various traditional Japanese art prints and vintage postcards, a replica of the cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro, and a wall mural of modern day Tokyo. Visitors also can discover what goes on behind the scenes of anime production at Mastodon Productions, Inc. This special studio allows guests to try their hand at creating an anime character and being a voice actor.

Gallery Hours and Admission

The entrance to the Lake County Discovery Museum is located on Route 176 just west of Fairfield Road and east of Wauconda in Lakewood Forest Preserve. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults and $2.50 for youth ages four to 17. Children three years and under are free. Seniors are $2.50 after 2 p.m. On Discount Tuesdays, admission is $3 for adults, and youth 17 years and under are free. Admission is always free for Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum members.

For more information about “Anime-zing” or to download discount admission coupons, visit or call the exhibit hotline at 847-968-3393.

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