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The Wilmette Historical Museum and the Wilmette Police Department will be hosting joint open houses at their respective locations on Ridge Road. Come enjoy a performance from the Wilmette Community Band on the museum’s front lawn at noon, explore the Museum’s historic building, and tour the exhibits. Kids can get “locked up” in the building’s original jail cell, as well as enjoy family-friendly activities. Down the street at the Police Department, take a tour of the station and enjoy a free hot dog. See more detailed lists of each location’s offerings below. This event is free and open to all! We hope to see you there.






Wilmette Historical Museum Open House Offerings:

  • Explore the original Gross Point Village Hall, built in 1896
  • Enjoy a performance on the front lawn from the Wilmette Community Band at 12:00
  • Get “locked up” in the building’s original jail cell
  • Enter in a raffle for a chance to win a basket of museum goodies
  • Plant cucumber seeds to take home and learn about Wilmette’s pickle history
  • Visit the research room for information on your Wilmette home
  • Free treats!

Wilmette Police Department Open House Offerings:

  • Complete tour of Police Department, including lock-up and firearms range
  • Mug shots for children (please bring your own camera)
  • NIPAS Display (Regional SWAT Team)
  • New Police Facility Informational Display
  • Northeast Illinois Regional Crime Lab
  • BSmart Firearms Safety
  • Incident Command vehicle
  • Major Crimes Task Force vehicle
  • Canine Unit Presentations
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Wilmette Fire Department
  • Free hot dogs!