Museums in Cook County
Blue Island Historical Society
13018 Maple Avenue, Blue Island, IL 60406
Hours available by appointment only
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 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 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.
2709 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor, IL 60422
Hours not yet available at this time
Founded 2022 and located in the A.L. Wagner & Co. Real Estate Building, constructed in 1889.
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
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
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
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
Located in the original Midlothian Public School building, later the Midlothian Public Library and built in 1931.
Orland Park History Museum
Located in the old Orland Park Village Hall, built in 1960.
Palos Historical Society
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
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
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
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
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
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.