The Museum's Summer Scavenger hunt is back! This year's theme will center around the 150th anniversary of the Village's historic 1874 train depot, which was relocated in 1974 to its current location in downtown Wilmette. Some Wilmette residents need to catch the [...]

Historic Garden Walk

June 30 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

On Sunday, June 30th, the Wilmette Historical Society will host its 2024 Historic Garden Walk! The Society’s first Garden Walk was held during the summer of 2021, and the event’s popularity since then has led to its return this year with new [...]

In this presentation, Wilbert Stroeve of the Chicago Map Society will introduce the Society's book Chicago-Lake Geneva: A 100 Year Round Trip, which reproduces a 1905 guide that was used to navigate from Chicago to Lake Geneva and Beloit, with photos of [...]


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Wilmette Local Legends Audio Tour

This two-part, self-guided audio tour will bring you outside the homes of some of Wilmette’s notables starting with film star Ann-Margret and ending with professional makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown. At each stop, you will learn a bit about a local celebrity’s life in Wilmette. Enjoy the tour by car or bicycle or, if you are ambitious, on foot. To begin the tour, follow the link below to the event page for more details or scan the QR code from the maps available at the museum’s front counter.

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Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 853-7666

Museum Hours

Monday         1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuesday         1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday   1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Thursday       1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Friday            Closed

Saturday       Closed

Sunday          1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

2024 Historic Garden Walk Sponsors

Chalet Nursery & Gardens

de Giulio Kitchen Design

Morgante Wilson Architects

Nature’s Perspective Landscaping

R.H. Witt Heating & Sheet Metal

Scott Simpson Design + Build