Visit the Oak Park River Forest Museum

portrait of smiling mature woman holding open book standing among bookshelves at River Forest Museum

Whether you are a visitor, new to the area, or a long term resident, a trip to the Oak Park River Forest Museum is a great way to learn more about the fascinating history of our community in Oak Park, Illinois.

Explore the Exhibits

The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest operates and curates this small but significant museum located in the center of Oak Park. The museum informs, engages, and inspires residents and visitors to Oak Park. Events and exhibits are designed to present historical information in interesting ways.  

Through June 2020, visitors to the museum can visit the “Legacy of Fair Housing” exhibit and learn how the diverse community of Oak Park evolved over time. Another exhibit features famous writers who lived and wrote in the area.

Don’t miss the permanent collection, where you can take part in the Oak Park and River Forest artifact scavenger hunt. Indeed, you never know what piece of history you’ll stumble upon!

Research at the Museum

The Fields Research Center at the museum features an enormous archive of newspapers, government records, photographs, architectural drawings, and more. Whether you are interested in genealogy, real estate, family history, or other research, the museum is an indispensable source of Oak Park related information. The historians at the museum are eager to assist visitors with their inquiries. Appointments are not required, but visitors are encouraged to call or email ahead to ensure a staff member is available to assist with research projects.


The museum hosts events to highlight special historical topics or to honor a local resident. Check out their event calendar to see what is on the horizon!

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for Oak Park and River Forest residents. However, non-resident admission is $7. The museum is located at 129 Lake Street, just a few minutes from Oak Park Place Apartments.

Learn More About River Forest Museum

Contact us today to schedule a viewing or to learn more about our apartment community. You can also get a sneak peek of our layouts online.

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