Plan Your Visit

Whether you live in town or are visiting, a stop at the History Center is sure to surprise and delight you!

Located just two blocks east of the Metra station in Lake Forest, take a walk down Deerpath through historic Triangle Park and you'll find us directly across the street in the former Church of Christ Scientist.

The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10am-4pm and Saturday from 1-4pm.  Research is by appointment only. 

Plan Your Visit

The History Center is free and open to the public.


The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday 1 to 4 pm. To arrange a museum visit outside of open hours, please email

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.

The Research Center is open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please email or Monday appointments are now available as a membership benefit for History Center members only.

We look forward to seeing you back at the History Center!

The History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff is a proud member of ROAM (Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums) and the Museum Travel Alliance.


The History Center is dedicated to ensuring accessibility for all of its visitors.

  • We offer handicap accessible parking spaces and the main entrance to the museum from the parking lot is wheelchair accessible. 
  • We have accessible bathrooms. 
  • We offer a hearing loop for all hearing assisted devices during all lectures and public programs.

Getting Here

We're located at the corner of Deerpath and Washington Road in Lake Forest, Illinois. The official address is 509 East Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045. 

Access to our parking is on Washington Road, behind the museum. The parking lot is open during museum hours and all public events.

The Research Center is located on the same campus, behind the museum and off the parking lot. Its physical address is 630 Washington Road.

Our parking lot accommodates 15 vehicles. Parking is also available on Washington Road and Deerpath east of Washington.

We are just two blocks from Lake Forest’s historic Market Square and the Metra train station. Several restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores are within walking distance of the History Center.