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Museum Hours

Sunday - Thursday, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, except major holidays, by appointment only

Our plans prioritize the safety of our visitors and staff and allow for only one individual or small group to be in our research center or an exhibit area at a time. No walk-ins, please. For further information and to make an appointment, please email the Museum at, or call us at 847-853-7666. 


General admission to the Museum and Research Room is FREE. Donations are always welcome.

Group Visits

A variety of tours and programs are offered for groups interested in visiting the Museum, including school classes, homeschoolers, Scouts, and adult organizations. To inquire about a tour or other program, please contact us by phone at (847) 853-7666 or by email at Allow a minimum of three weeks to schedule a tour. There is a modest fee for most group tours. Due to the pandemic, group visits are currently suspended.


The Museum is easy to find at 609 Ridge Road in the center of Wilmette. It is approximately 2.5 miles from the Edens Expressway (I-94) to the west and 2.5 miles from Sheridan Road to the east.

From the Edens Expressway: Coming from Chicago, exit the Edens Expressway on Lake Avenue, eastbound. (From the north, the exit is labeled "Skokie Highway.") Follow Lake Avenue approximately 2.5 miles to Ridge Road and make a right. The Museum is located at 609 Ridge Road on the west side of the street.

From Sheridan Road: Take Sheridan Road to Lake Avenue and go west approximately 2.5 miles to Ridge Road. Turn left at Ridge Road. The Museum is located on the west side of the street.


Parking is available on Ridge Road in front of the Museum or in a free lot behind the Museum (enter via the alley from either Washington or Birchwood Avenues.)

Public Transportation

Wilmette is accessible by public transportation, including CTA’s Purple Line, Metra North Line and Pace.


The public areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible. A transporter wheelchair is available at the Museum upon request. Visitors requiring other accommodations should contact us to inquire about arrangements.