Spend a Fun-Filled Day at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

Chinese ancient jade swan, Liao Dynasty

An easy drive from Residence at the Links is a destination that displays gemstone treasures, some of which date back hundreds of years. We’re talking about the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, which celebrates the art of cutting and polishing stone.

Lapidary has roots in prehistory as early humans began fashioning tools and weapons from stone. In the 1950s, lapidary also became a popular hobby in the United States.

Museum’s Founder 

Joseph Lizzadro immigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1900s, and over the years, he became a lapidary hobbyist and collector.

As his collection grew, Joseph dreamed of sharing it with others. So he made an agreement with the City of Elmhurst as well as the Elmhurst Park District to build a museum in Wilder Park.


Visitors can see an array of collections at the Lizzadro Museum including:

Jade Carvings

Joseph began collecting Chinese jade carvings more than 70 years ago. Many of the important pieces date between 1736 and 1795. Each carefully crafted piece contains fascinating symbols.


The mosaics collection includes Roman mosaics that at a quick glance, look like paintings. They’re actually made from tiny bits of mosaic from 17th century Vatican workshops.


As visitors explore the dioramas, they discover farm and wildlife scenes carved from an array of gem materials. The figures were created in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, an area known for its lapidary artisans.

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is just one of the attractions you’ll enjoy when you call our community home. Please contact us to schedule a tour so you can experience our amenities firsthand.

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