Museums

Organization Name
Address
2131 Tech Drive, Evanston, IL
60208-2900
Phone Number
847-491-7650
Fax
847-491-3135
Categories
Description

The Dearborn Observatory is open for public observing with the historic 18.5″ refracting telescope every Friday night from 8-10 pm.

The Friday sessions are open to anyone and there are two options for visiting:
8 to 9pm: One hour session by reservation only.
9 to 10pm: Walk-ins are welcome but space in the dome is limited. Therefore, there is no guarantee of getting to use the telescope if it is very crowded.

There is no charge for these Friday night events; however, a refundable deposit is required for groups of 10 or more. Additionally, the Dearborn Observatory is available for private viewing events on other evenings. Call the Astronomy Department at (847) 491-7650 for more information or to place reservations. Unfortunately, the Dearborn is NOT ADA-accessible. Several staircases must be climbed in order to reach the telescope.

Organization Name
Address
225 Greenwood, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Eden Juron Pearlman, Director
Phone Number
847-475-3410
Fax
847-475-3599
Description

The Evanston History Center, located in the historic Charles Dawes House, works to present,teach and interpret Evanston’s rich history through museum tours, special exhibits, annual special events.
The Charles Gates Dawes House may be visited during regularly scheduled Tours.
Individuals may conduct research on their homes or other topics using the Frank B. Foster Research Room and EHC Archives.
The History Center is available for Event Rentals .
Learn more about Evanston history through the Evanston History Center Blog.

Public Notes

EHC Tour & Exhibit Hours
Thursday-Sunday 1pm – 4pm

Dawes House tours start at 1, 2 & 3pm

EHC Research Room Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 1pm – 4pm.

Address
1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois
60201
Phone Number
847-328-7500
Description

Maintains Frances E. Willard Memorial Library and the Frances E. Willard House, a national historical landmark built in 1865. Commemorates the life and deeds of Frances E. Willard, an influential figure who fought for women’s rights and temperance.

Offers programs on the life and legacy of Miss Willard; maintains a speaker’s bureau

The Frances Willard House is open Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tours generally last forty-five minutes.

The Frances Willard Memorial Library and Archives is open by appointment only for research requests and information. The library’s holdings include Frances Willard’s personal papers and the organizational records of the WCTU. Call 847-328-7500 or email info@franceswillardhouse.org for more information and appointments.

Address
2601 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL
60201-1752
Contact Person
Donald J. Terras, Director
Phone Number
847-328-6961
Categories
Description

The park district, established in 1929, is responsible for administration of the Grosse Point Lighthouse site, a National Historic Landmark.
Tours of the lighthouse take place Saturday and Sunday afternoons, June-September, 2-4 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults and $3 for children aged 8 to 12.
The grounds are open to the public free of charge, year-round.

The Lighthouse Park District of Evanston Board of Commissioners holds meetings on Mondays at 2601 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL at 7:30 P.M. Schedule on website.

Organization Name
Address
1560 Oak Ave.
Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Kirsten Schuttey
Phone Number
(224)714-5600
Description

Opening in Fall 2017.  Currently looking for volunteers, age 21 and older, who enjoy working with the public.

Address
3001 Central Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Kathleen McDonald, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-475-1030
Fax
847-475-0911
Description

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of the few museums in the United States focused exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the Native people of the United States and Canada. It uses its collection of over 10,000 objects as well as temporary exhibits to tell the story and promote a deeper understanding of America’s native people. Membership and volunteer opportunities available.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10a.m. – 5p.m., Thursday 10a.m. to 8p.m., Sunday 12noon to 4p.m.
Closed: Mondays, and the following holidays – New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.
Weekend Crafts: Saturdays 11:00am – 12:00pm, Sundays 12:30pm – 1:30pm.

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