Skokie Heritage Museum night exterior

Address

8031 Floral Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077 Get Directions

Phone

847-674-1500, ext. 3000


Programs

Info & Events

Explore Skokie's Heritage by visiting the Historic Engine House and the original 1847 Log Cabin. These two sites have much to offer including permanent and temporary exhibits, special interest classes, and educational school programs. Also, check out the Skokie Historical Society online. Images in the Skokie Heritage Museum archive may be available for use by submitting a request.

Room Rental Information

Virtual Historic Skokie Walking Tour
Virtual Historic Skokie Bicycle Tour

360° Indoor Tours
1st Floor | 2nd FloorLog Cabin

Hours

Thursday–Friday: Noon–4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Monday–Wednesday & Sunday: Closed**
**Log Cabin Open Upon Request

info-icon2 Amanda Hanson at AJHanson@SkokieParks.org

Features

  • Administrative Offices
  • Classrooms
  • Historical Exhibits
  • Meeting & Party Room Rentals
  • Parking
  • Pioneer Log Cabin

Historic Log Cabin

Visit an original Skokie Log Cabin
The original home of early Niles Township settlers Nicholas and Elizabeth Meyer was constructed near the corner of modern day Gross Point Road and Lincoln Avenue in 1847 and is believed to be the first log cabin built in Skokie. The Meyers and eight of their children lived in the cabin, which was moved to this location in 1982. After an extensive restoration, the cabin is now filled with 1800s-era furnishings and other belongings that pioneer families like the Meyer family would have used, giving visitors a sense of their living conditions and daily activities.

Pioneer Life & Field Trips

Pioneer Life Field Trips
Schedule a school group field trip to experience pioneer life in our historic log cabin, including trying out pioneer toys. Times available: mornings Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, and afternoons Wednesday–Friday.
Grades: K-3 • $45 per school group (not more than 25 students).

Pioneer Activities Program
This program is for scout groups or educational groups of not more than 15 children and includes a tour of the log cabin, candle dipping, making cornhusk dolls and playing with pioneer toys. Please schedule at least one month in advance and make payment at least 10 days prior to the program. 
Ages: 6 • Fee: $78

School Outreach Program
If you cannot come out and visit the Museum and its log cabin, the Museum will come to you. Experience pioneer life in the classroom. Learn about the day-to-day life of early Skokie settlers through photographs, artifacts, a craft and pioneer toys. Visit must be scheduled at least 1 month in advance.
Grades: K-3 • $45 per classroom visit.

Schedule both a Pioneer Life Field Trip and School Outreach Program, and receive a $10 discount.

Scout Programs

Girl Scout Badge Days

Complete your badge requirements in a single day at the Skokie Heritage Museum. All workshops are two hours. Workshops fulfill the following badges: 

Juniors
Playing the Past
Drawing
Brownies
Painting 

Fee per 2-hour workshop: $12 per participant (Minimum of 5). 
Please schedule at least one month in advance and make payment at least 10 days prior to program.

 

Boy Scouts of America Merit Badges

Using the museum's resources, we can lead Boy Scouts in earning the following merit badges with a certified counselor: American Cultures, American Heritage, Citizens in the Nation, Citizens in the Community, Citizens in the World, Collections, Genealogy, Archeology, and Indian Lore.
$8 per 1 hour visit, scheduled W-F in the afternoons
Call (847) 674-1500 ext. 3000 or e-mail sohare@skokieparks.org for more info or to set up visits.
 

Cub Scout Adventures

Bring your Cub Scout Packs to the museum to complete adventures! (All programs complete all badge requirements except Art Explosion.)

Wolves
Collections and Hobbies – Show off your collections in a museum and learn how museums care for their collections
Bears
Beat of the Drum – Learn about American Indians and other indigenous peoples and complete crafts
Webelos
Art Explosion – Explore various art mediums and create self-portraits and other art styles.

Fee per 2-hour workshop: $12 per participant (Minimum of 5). 
Please schedule at least one month in advance and make payment at least 10 days prior to program.
 
 

Historical Tours

Skokie Historical Society

The Skokie Historical Society assists in the maintenance, preservation and presentation of the 1982.005.010historical artifacts that reside at the Skokie Heritage Museum and online.

Website and artifacts online

For information about the Skokie Historical Society, call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3000.

History

Rentals

The Skokie Heritage Museum's upper level is available for rental and is the only facility in the Skokie Park District in which serving of alcoholic beverages is allowed during rental events.

Capacity: 50

Resident fee: $75/ Non-resident fee: $150

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