The museum and research center are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please enjoy browsing our collection, our online exhibit, and our new exhibits 300 Photos, 30 Days: A Candid Look at COVID-19 and Twenty in the 20s.

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Plan Your Visit

Museum Hours

Currently closed to the public until the concern for the spread of COVID-19 is over.

Admission to the museum is free. 

Our Location

509 East Deerpath
Lake Forest, IL 60045

847.234.5253

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.