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The Cuneo Museum

 
Built as a private residence, the Cuneo mansion is now a historic house museum, which is really many museums blended into one. As a "living museum," the building and gardens preserve in vivid detail the flavor of an era and a way of life. The grand spaces of the Venetian style architecture, filled with antique furnishings and artwork and the quiet paths through the manicured grounds allow the visitor to savor the elegant splendor of the "gilded age".
Address: Vernon Hills, IL, 60061    
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The Cuneo Museum offers a variety of programs throughout the year. Pop and classical concerts are held in the Great Hall in the winter and spring and on the beautiful grounds on Summer evenings. A sumptuous Mother's Day brunch is offered in the Pavilion Tent every year. The Museum grounds provide a suitably elegant setting for a classic car show in early September. The Great Hall of the Museum serves as a versatile, intimate stage for theatrical productions every fall. After Thanksgiving, every room, column and arch of the classical interior is decorated with traditional holiday lights, plants and colors, and the grounds come aglow every evening with the Winter Wonderland Light Show.
As with any property with a long history, the Cuneo estate embodies the tastes of its several owners and relics of its many years of use, whether it is Mrs. Insull’s stage or Mr. Cuneo’s Italian villa statuary. But even with these alterations, Jensen’s original plan provides the underlying shape of the estate with its ponds, meadows, woods, gardens and colonnade. Strolling the garden pathways to the sound of splashing fountains or traversing the open lawns lined with statues and edged with flowers and woods, today’s visitor can recapture the beauty and quiet of Jensen’s pastoral retreat enjoyed in years past by the Insulls, the Cuneos and their privileged guests.
The Cuneo Museum is also an art museum. In fact, the building itself is a work of art, housing an art gallery within. The mansion was designed by prominent architect Benjamin Marshall, builder of the Edgewater Beach and Drake Hotels in Chicago. The grounds were laid out by famous prairie style landscaper, Jens Jensen. Inside the museum is filled with a variety of objects of great beauty from different periods and countries and in different media. The paintings, porcelain, silver, tapestries, statues and furnishings are the result of a lifetime of discriminating collecting by Mr. Cuneo and his family.
The Pavilion Tent is available for rental from mid-April through mid-October.
Guided tours are given Tuesday through Friday at 11:00am. Self-guided tours will be offered all day as usual. On Saturday and Sunday tours are also self-guided (with booklet) from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Mondays the Museum is closed.
Whether you are interested in the history of the period, or you admire fine art or you simply want to step back into a quieter, more elegant time, a tour of the Cuneo Museum has much to offer you.

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135 N. Milwaukee Ave. Vernon Hills, IL, 60061

Website: The Cuneo Museum  Built as a private residence, the Cuneo mansion is now a historic house museum, which is really many museums blended into one.

 
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