New Days. New Hours. The museum is now open Tu, Wed 1-4pm and Th 10am-1pm.
The Research Center is open by appointment only. See "Plan Your Visit" for details. 
Visit the museum online | Take a history walk down Lake Road

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.


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.


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.