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.

Research & Learn

Your Lake Forest/Lake Bluff history connection is one visit away. Visit us in person or online to discover community stories and access history resources like photos and archives, digital exhibits, and lesson plans.

Education

Use History Center materials in the classroom to create educational experiences for your students. Plan a field trip or visit to the museum.

Research Online

Discover history at your fingertips: you can access hundreds of stories in our digital exhibits, browse thousands of photographs in our online catalog, or use databases for research.

Visit the Research Center

Our Research Center provides a top-notch environment for researchers interested in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff history. With staff assistance, visitors can access thousands of photographs, documents, maps and reference materials.

Museum Collections

Our museum collection is who we are: it’s the basis for our exhibitions, programs and research resources. We are always seeking new artifacts that tell compelling Lake Forest and Lake Bluff stories. Find out how to donate to the collection.

Exhibits

Learn about our permanent exhibit and see what’s currently on display in the Katherine Bell Hale Gallery. Browse our online exhibits to connect with history wherever you are.