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Museum Now Open Again!

Safely sharing the stories of Oak Park and River Forest

We look forward to welcoming you back to Oak Park River Forest Museum for limited hours beginning July 8. For the months of July and August, the museum will be open to the public between 1 and 5 p.m.  Wednesdays through Saturdays. As Illinois and the Village of Oak Park move through the various phases of reopening, Oak Park River Forest Museum will adapt our operation to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and visitors.

For example, prior to the public reopening we will be staggering the return of staff and volunteers, based on a flexible schedule that is sensitive to public distancing and other safety requirements. In addition, we will be providing both education and training to our staff and volunteers so they will be equipped to help ensure public safety.

And, though we would like nothing more than to see you again, if you are feeling ill, please wait until you have consulted your physician before visiting.

Here are some new procedures to be aware of before you visit:

Everyone who enters the museum must wear a mask or scarf that covers both nose and mouth and to sanitize and/or wash their hands upon entering and leaving the museum.  Hand sanitizing materials will be provided at the door, and visitors will be required to wash and/or sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the museum. New cleaning procedures will ensure door handles and other key surfaces are disinfected multiple times each day.

We ask that all visitors maintain proper social distancing of at least six feet away from others, and we have established a new route through the museum’s exhibits to facilitate that.  Until at least September 1, the museum will not host any indoor public programming or events likely to attract more than 10 people.  

Also, please be aware that the resurfacing of Lake Street is still ongoing. Parking around the museum will be limited until August, so consider walking or biking to the museum!

Even with these restrictions, we expect our visitors to enjoy the many stories we have on display in our galleries, including the last few months of our exhibit “Open House: The Legacy of Fair Housing”  and “Tarzan, Mars, and the Literary Worlds of Oak Park and River Forest.” We are also pleased that our new exhibit “First Girls: Trailblazing Girl Scouts in 1920s Oak Park and River Forest”  will be ready to greet visitors when we reopen. 

We also look forward to helping researchers delve more deeply into primary sources about their homes, families, or other topics through our Fields Research Center.  We ask that all researchers call ahead to make an appointment, and we encourage online payment of research and admission fees. Visit our online Museum Shop to purchase tickets on our website.

We rely on your own common sense and ask for your cooperation as we pull together to adapt to the public health challenges of Covid-19. As public health directives evolve and we learn more about best practices for museums, we anticipate that these changes will be re-evaluated in the coming months. We will keep our staff, volunteers, members, and guests apprised of any changes to our operation. For more information, contact us on our website or call 708-848-6755 with questions.