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Our events educate, entertain, and inspire. Join us!

Help us celebrate history indoors and out!

Take a peek at our exhibits in the gallery.

Lose yourself in contemplation of our extensive digital collection. 

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When you donate to the History Center, you're making your mark on history.

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Plan Your Visit

Museum Hours

Our open hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00am–4:00pm and Saturday 1:00–4:00pm.

Research is by appointment. To schedule a research appointment, please email

Admission to the museum is free. The History Center is a proud member of ROAM and the Museum Travel Alliance

Our Location

509 East Deerpath

Lake Forest, IL 60045


Getting Here

We are located just east of downtown Lake Forest. The parking lot is at the back (south) of the main museum building; from Deerpath, turn right on Washington Road and take the first driveway on the right.

The museum is also easily accessible by Metra; take the Union Pacific North train line to the Lake Forest station. We're just a few blocks east of the station.

Important note: The History Center's campus is currently undergoing construction, and entrances & parking areas have been changed. For safety reasons, we kindly ask visitors use the north entrance off Deerpath Road to enter the building. To view permitted parking locations, click HERE.