Museums in Cook County 

Blue Island Historical Society

13018 Maple Avenue, Blue Island, IL 60406

Hours available by appointment only 

Blue Island Historical Society

Located in the Albee House, built in 1878 . Local artifacts, photographs, and various objects fill the display cases. The Albee House is open by appointment only or for special events. Historic House Walk in autumn every year. 

The Blue Island History Museum

Blue Island Public Library

2433 York Street, Blue Island, IL 60406

Monday to Thursday: 9am - 9pm

Friday and Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Blue Island Public Library

Blue Island Public Library includes the Blue Island History Museum artifacts on the lower level. 

Calumet City Historical Society

760 Wentworth Ave, Calumet City, IL 60409

January Hours:  Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

February-April Hours:  Tuesday 2:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m., & 2nd Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m. 

May Hours:  Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

June-November Hours:  Tuesday 2:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m., & 2nd Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.

December Hours:  Thursday 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Calumet City Historical Society

Calumet City Historical Society was chartered in 1974. It is housed in the old Calumet City Public Library, a WPA-era building, and later the Calumet City Cultural Center from 1986 till the 2000s. 

Flossmoor History

2709 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor, IL 60422

Hours not yet available at this time 

The Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History

Founded 2022 and located in the A.L. Wagner & Co. Real Estate Building, constructed in 1889. 

Homewood Historical Society

2035 183rd St, Homewood, IL 60430

Tuesday 1pm - 3pm 

Saturday - 1pm - 3pm 

Homewood Historical Society

Founded in 1980 and located in the  1891 Christian Dorband-Charles Albee Howe House, now a museum.  Offers tours throughout the summer, including historic landmarks and Richard Haas Murals. 

Lansing Historical Society & Museum

2750 Indiana Ave, Lansing, IL 60438

Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Saturday  11am - 1pm 

Lansing Historical Society & Museum

Located in the Lansing Public Library's lower level. 

Lemont Area Historical Society

306 Lemont St, Lemont, IL 60439 

Friday 10am - 2pm 

Saturday - 10am - 1pm 

Tuesday 10am - 2pm 

Lemont Area Historical Society and Museum

Formed in 1970 and located in the Old Stone Church, built in 1860. Contains a second floor of archives available for research and basement museum featuring several exhibits. Tours are hosted in the historic district downtown and along the I&M Canal from March through September. 

Matteson Historical Society

813 School Ave, Matteson, IL 60443

Friday 3pm - 6pm

Saturday  12pm - 4pm 

Matteson Historical Society and Museum

Located next to the Matteson Public Library, the Matteson Historical Museum is free of charge. 

Midlothian Historical Society

14609 Springfield Ave, Midlothian, IL 60445

First and Third Saturdays of each month - 1pm - 3pm

Midlothian Historical Society and Museum

Located in the original Midlothian Public School building, later the Midlothian Public Library and built in 1931. 

Orland Park History Museum

14415 Beacon Ave. Orland Park, IL 60462

Thursday - Saturday 10am - 3pm

Orland Park History Museum

Located in the old Orland Park Village Hall, built in 1960. 

Palos Historical Society

12332 S Forest Glen Blvd, Palos Park, IL 60464

Tuesday 9am - 1pm 

Palos Historical Society Museum

Formed in 1957 and located behind the Administration Center.  Founded to encourage historical inquiry, to collect and preserve materials of history and spread historical information. Activities include meetings, lectures, social events, field trips, Memorial Day services as well as research and preservation of historical facts.

Park Forest Historical Society

227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL 60466

Wednesday 1pm - 3:30pm

Saturday 1pm - 3:30pm

Closed Januarys 

Park Forest Historical Society 

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum interprets an original home as it might have been, 1948-1953.

Ridge Historical Society

10621 South Seeley Avenue Chicago, IL 60643

Monday 9am - 1pm

Tuesday  9am - 1pm

Thursday 1pm - 5pm

Ridge Historical Society 

Located in the historic Graver-Driscoll House, built 1922. Documents the histories of Beverly Hills, Morgan Park, Mount Greenwood, and Washington Heights.

South Holland Historical Society

16250 Wausau Ave, South Holland, IL 60473

hours are unavaiable at this time

South Holland Historical Society

Located in the lower level of the South Holland Public Library. The South Holland Historical Society monthly meetings are at the American Legion Hall, located at  443 157th Street

Thornton Historical Society Museum

114 N Hunter St, Thornton, IL 60476

Every Saturday May - October

First and third Saturdays January - April

1pm - 3pm

Thornton Historical Society and Museum

The Historical Museum is housed in the old St. Paul Lutheran Church building that was built in 1904. The historical society also hosts tours of the Thornton Quarry. 

Tinley Park Historical Society

6727 174th St, Tinley Park, IL 60477

Wednesday 10am - 2pm 

First Sunday of each month 1pm - 3pm 

Second Thursday of each month 6pm - 8pm

Tinley Park Historical Society

Formed in 1974 and located in the Old Zion Lutheran Church  built in 1884.  Now referred to as Landmark Chapel and adjoining Schoolhouse Museum.  Tours are available by appointment.