About the Museum
History & Mission
For more information about the museum, view our history and mission.
Hours & Admission Fees
Elmhurst Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
General Admission is FREE!
The Museum is accessible for handicapped patrons with an interior elevator to access all levels, and an exterior lift at the rear of the building to access the first floor.
Please ring the bell for assistance to access the exterior lift on the west side of the Glos Mansion. A Museum staff member will be glad to provide assistance.
The Museum's exhibits include:
- A permanent award-winning exhibit on the history and development of Elmhurst;
- A permanent exhibit on the history of the Glos family and the Glos Mansion;
- A varied offering of original exhibits created by Museum staff; and
- Frequent traveling exhibits on loan from national institutions.
The Museum's collection includes:
- A permanent collection of more than 15,500 historic artifacts;
- A permanent collection of more than 10,000 historical photographs;
- More than 300 linear feet of personal, business and City records;
- A Library with 500 books;
- Microfilm copies of Elmhurst newspapers, census data, and Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.
Elmhurst Historical Museum offers resources for authors, researchers, residents, and students to discover more about Elmhurst history. Find out more about the reference services we offer.
Educational programs are offered to adults, families, schools, and special audiences on an ongoing basis and by appointment. These include, but are not limited to:
- SCHOOLS: On-site field trips for school-age children, in-classroom programs led by Museum staff, and trunk programs for teachers on Elmhurst history.
- FAMILIES: A range of family-friendly programs including monthly Sunday Fundays and Day Off? Drop In! craft programs throughout the school year, as well as Summer Fun & Games programs in summertime.
- ADULTS: Regularly scheduled "Tea Time Talks" (usually 3rd Thursday of the month) bring history to life through a series of lectures, exhibit tours and special programs geared to the adult audience. Additionally, many special events such as gallery receptions, performances, and educational talks -- both on-site and off-site -- are featured throughout the year. See the Museum's Calendar of Events for details.