Mission, Vision, Values

Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in Waukegan, Illinois

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down,” said Ray Bradbury. Above, Waukegan H&R Block franchise owners Samia Feroze and Feroze Hanif help RBEM build its wings with their $10,000 donation. Back left: Mikayla Khramov, RBEM Committee, Mayor Sam Cunningham. Left front: Samia Feroze with husband Feroze Hanif and her father. Center-right:  Sandy Petroshius, Chair; Michael Edgar, GWDC; and RBEM Committee members Vance D. Wyatt, Terry Fertig, Irene Edgar, Pat O’Keefe. January 9, 2020. Photo by Dylan Blake Photography.


Our mission is to inspire imagination, and foster free-thinking and creativity through engagement in the universal themes and timeless works of Ray Bradbury.


We will honor Ray Bradbury with an experiential museum that goes beyond conventional practices and spaces, anchored in his hometown of Waukegan, Illinois, his celebrated “Green Town.” We will interpret the creative work of Ray Bradbury with integrity and innovation, immersive, transformative experiences. Our programming will educate the public on Ray Bradbury’s roots in Waukegan, his role in shaping the 20th century, and his vision for a better future.

Core Values

We are committed to:
 Integrity  Respect Cooperation  Creativity  Inclusion Historic Preservation  Care and Preservation of Artifact • Economic Development of our Community

Core Strengths

The core strengths that make us successful are:
• Ray Bradbury, his works, his legacy, and our passion for them.
• Our hometown connection to Waukegan, the Carnegie Library, and other local Bradbury sites.
Our strong partnerships with civic, community, professional, and academic individuals and organizations.
 Our location within the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.

    Ray Bradbury Experience Museum

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