DuPage County Historical Museum

102 E. Wesley Rd. • Wheaton, IL 60187


The DuPage County Historical Museum is housed in what was formerly known as the Adams Memorial Library. The building was erected in 1891 by John Quincy Adams as a gift to the community of Wheaton in memory of his late wife, Marilla Phipps Adams. Designed by Charles Sumner Frost in the Richardsonion Romanesque style, the building was added to the National Register in 1981. In the 1960s the DuPage County Historical Society recognized the availability of the building as a new and more spacious library was being erected. In 1967 the building opened as the DuPage County Historical Museum. The DuPage County Historical Museum currently exists as a facility of Wheaton Park District.

The DuPage County Historical Museum is operated as a facility of Wheaton Park District and is owned by the County of DuPage. Its principal purposes are to educate the general public through the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of materials which document the history of DuPage County and its relationship to Illinois and the nation, and to provide local history services for historical organizations and for scholarly endeavors. The collections represent artifacts collected by the DuPage County Historical Society since 1929 as well as artifacts collected by the Museum since its founding in 1965.

The Museum offers school and scout programs for all ages, tours of current exhibits, research services, architectural walking tours, private rental space, children's programming, family craft workshops, adult programming, and academic presentations. Three galleries host temporary, changing exhibits on varying schedules throughout the year. Two permanent exhibits discuss DuPage history and the importance of the railways in the county's development which includes a 50 year old HO gauge model railroad based on the county. The DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation offers memberships, fundraising events including annual golf outing and casino night, and sponsorship opportunities. Admission is free and open daily.

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