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COVID-19 Update as of April 28th

OPRF Museum Closed Through Month of May

Effective immediately, Oak Park River Forest Museum will be closed through May in accordance with state and village ordinances.

This closure includes the cancellation of all programs, researcher visits, volunteer projects, and meetings.  

Staff members are planning to continue to work in the museum and/or remotely as the situation changes. Please call us at 708-848-6755 with questions or email us at  

More details are available at

We join you in looking forward to better days ahead.  Best wishes to you and your loved ones as we all work to get through this national emergency.


The stories of Oak Park and River Forest continue

Despite our current national health and economic emergency, our community remains strong and will get through this crisis just as it has so many times throughout history.  

We are planning on sharing stories from the rich history of Oak Park and River Forest on our website, via email, and through social media in the coming days and weeks.

We will share stories of past tragedies and triumphs--stories of overcoming tough times and stories about happy moments of high achievement and accomplishment.  Our history is always a story of the good and bad in our lives and the happiest and saddest moments are not always shared by all, even within a tight-knit community like ours.

But together, even in our isolation, we are all writing a new chapter of history in 2020 as we grapple with a unique national crisis.  Can you email us, post on our Facebook page or leave a phone message about how you are coping in these troubled times?

What are you doing?  How are you coping?  What do you miss the most?  What are the unexpected joys?

And how about all generations? What are your kids or grandkids doing during their time away from school?

We will share your thoughts via social media and our website.  Think of it as an instant exhibit: Living in History: Capturing Stories of the 2020 Pandemic.  

Only part of our history is behind us.  We are making new history today that future generations will learn about in the classroom, share at family get-togethers, and visit museums to learn about!