Skokie Heritage Museum night exterior


8031 Floral Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077 Get Directions


847-674-1500, ext. 3000


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. 


Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 12–4 p.m. 
Closed: Thursday, February 22 & Saturday, June 1

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

Using 360

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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.

Museum Field Trips

Educational programming can be adapted for older groups as well. Please contact Emily England for additional information or to schedule.

Field Trip to the Skokie Heritage Museum (recommended for K–3rd grade)
Learn about Skokie’s first settlers and how they lived through a hands-on presentation in the main museum building including photographs, artifacts, early American toys and more. Split into smaller groups, students will also briefly tour the log cabin.

Virtual Field Trip via Zoom (recommended for K–3rd grade)
A 40-minute tour of the Log Cabin and Engine House followed by time for questions and answers.  

School Outreach Program (recommended for K–3rd grade)
If you can't come out to visit us, the Museum will come to you! Experience Skokie History and early settler life in the classroom. Learn about the daily life of early Skokie settlers through photographs, artifacts, early American toys and more. Schools must be in Niles, Evanston or New Trier Township.

Virtual Abbreviated History of Skokie Lecture (recommended for adults ages 16 and over)
Is your organization or group interested in learning more about Skokie’s long history? In this virtual presentation, Museum staff present a brief history of Skokie through images, maps and documents.


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: 

Playing the Past

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.


Cub Scout Adventures

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

Collections and Hobbies – Show off your collections in a museum and learn how museums care for their collections
Beat of the Drum – Learn about American Indians and other indigenous peoples and complete crafts
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.

Book a guided museum tour or historical walking tour featuring downtown Skokie, its adjacent bungalow architecture, or the Cold War-era Devonshire neighborhood.

To inquire about booking a group tour, please contact Emily England at

Skokie Historic Walking Tour - Map & Narrative
Skokie Historic Bicycle Tour - Map & Narrative

Virtual Historic Skokie Walking Tour
Virtual Historic Skokie Bicycle Tour

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