The museum and research center are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please enjoy browsing our collection and the Twenty in the 20s exhibit online.

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.

Our museum campus is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Plan Your Visit

The History Center is free and open to the public.


Although the museum is now closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our normal hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.

We are closed on Sunday, Monday and some holidays.

The Research Center is open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call 847.234.5253 or email



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.