The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest is open more than 40 hours each week and its operation is guided by a small staff and numerous dedicated volunteers.   While the administrative office is generally open daytime business hours from Monday through Friday, public access to other particular services is limited to shorter hours.  Please call 708-848-6755 or email to oprfhistorymatters@sbcglobal.net before you visit to ensure that there is a member of the staff there to assist you with research at the Historical Society.

 

Museum tour

The museum is open to visitors as part of tours of Pleasant Home from Thursday through Sunday with tours beginning downstairs in the National Historic Landmark building at 12:30, 1:30 and  2:30 p.m.   The 2:30 p.m. tours are not held during December, January, and February. An open house is free to Illinois residents with valid identification on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

General admission for museum tours:
$10.00 Adults
$8.00 Seniors/Students with I.D.
$5.00 Children under 17
Free Children under 5
Ask about our group rates for parties of 10 or more.
*Free open house available to Illinois residents, donation suggested.
 

Research

Research on a wide variety of local topics can be conducted at the Historical Society by appointment.  Available hours vary each week, although Wednesdays and Fridays are currently the best days for research.  The Historical Society is not a circulating  library, so researchers should expect to take notes and be ready to pay a small fee for photocopies.   We always accept donations for our services.

 

Administrative Office

At least one staff member is generally in the office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  from Monday through Friday to answer questions or to assist the public.  Yet sometimes the office is unattended because of an off-site meeting or illness or staff is working with volunteers or members of the public.    So please call ahead to 708-848-6755 if you are interested in visiting the Historical Society to ensure someone is available to help you.  Please leave a voicemail message if we are out of the office and we strive to return calls as soon as possible.