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Visit Us

Explore our rotating exhibits to discover new angles to the community’s history. View collections of historic maps and photographs to place yourself in the Lake Forest or Lake Bluff of the past. Browse our Resource Center to learn more about the history of your house or your family.

Museum Hours

Walk-in hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open by appointment: Fridays - please call for appointment.

Admission to the museum is free. 

How to Find Us

Our museum building is located at 509 E. Deerpath, a few blocks east of downtown Lake Forest. Our driveway is off of Washington Road and our offices are located in the one-story building south of the driveway.

See the map at right or call 847.234.5253 for driving directions; see the Metra website for the train schedule.

Group Visits

Groups are always welcome to visit the Historical Society during our walk-in hours. For visits outside these hours, please call 847.234.5253. Because space is limited, large groups should make arrangements ahead of time as well. Please also call to arrange in advance if you would like a brief curator-led tour of the exhibits.

The Historical Society is happy to work with Scout groups or school groups to create a fun, engaging history learning experience at our museum. Contact Curator Laurie Stein to plan a visit. With enough advance notice, Scout visits can take place during late afternoon hours.

Visiting Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

For more information about local restaurants, shopping districts, events and area attractions, visit these websites:


Visiting the North Shore? Try these other history museums:

Click here for a Google map showing the location of North Shore history museums: