About Our Building

Opening in 2017, the community's newest Museum is an 1898 firehouse transformed into an eco-friendly facility with geothermal a HVAC system. Exhibits tell the stories of these two unique villages. The designated Oak Park Landmark features a restored interior, a research center open to the public, and regular public programs.
Visit the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest
Tours and Research

Guided tours of the Oak Park River Forest Museum will be available soon. Please check back soon for information regarding our regular hours of operation

Individuals interested in research can make an appointment by calling or emailing the Historical Society.

Tour Hours

Coming soon: Our schedule for regular hours of operation

General Admission for 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.


Our new location in Oak Park's Historic 1898 Firehouse
129 Lake Street, on the southeast corner of Lake and Lombard
Please call (708) 848-6755 to schedule group tours and individual research.

Plan a Visit to The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest

From architecture and the arts to social activism and science, you'll discover the fascinating and inspiring stories that attract visitors here from around the world.

The new Oak Park River Forest Museum is located at 129 Lake Street, an 1898 Oak Park Landmark building at the southeast corner of Lake Street and Lombard Avenue.

Conveniently located just nine miles from the Chicago Loop, The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest is easily accessible by train, el, bus, and car.  

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The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest was organized in 1968.Formerly housed on the second floor of Historic Pleasant Home in Mills Park since 1970, the Historical Society is located in Oak Park at 129 Lake Street, operating a history museum, research center and archives. The Historical Society exists as a not-for-profit organization to serve the community and operates solely from the support of memberships, earned income, and the generosity of local residents and businesses rather than by local tax dollars.

The museum includes a children's activity room and changing exhibits on different aspects of area history. The Historical Society has a collection of thousands of photographs, vintage costumes, and artifacts donated from families, organizations and local organizations. We provide valuable support for area residents, students, writers, journalists, filmmakers, government bodies and organizations wishing to delve into our fascinating past and evolution. Our extensive collection is always growing, as is its value to present and future generations. The collection is accessible through special programs, exhibits, and the Fields Research Center.

Research Center Visit
by Appointment Only

Request Appointment
Research Center Donation 
$5.00 (suggested)
no charge for members
Can't visit? We can help.
    "Research for a Fee" service 

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