Editor's Note: Join us as we profile prominent places in town that are unique to Elmhurst. First up: Elmhurst Historical Museum.
If a bit of culture is what you crave, head to the Elmhurst Historical Museum.
Housed in the Glos Mansion at 120 E Park Ave., the museum provides a permanent exhibit chronicling Elmhurst's modernization, as well as many temporary and traveling exhibits. The collection includes more than 15,000 artifacts, such as letters, historic photos, books and other items.
Annually, the museum hosts a bevy of programs, including gallery tours, craft demonstrations, classroom visits, walking tours of Elmhurst neighborhoods, holiday programs, lectures, and symposia.
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.
In addition to the Elmhurst Historical Museum, the museum staff also manages the historic Churchville Schoolhouse, a completely restored one-room schoolhouse located just north of Grand Avenue on Church Road in Bensenville. The schoolhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Museum hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.
There is a handicapped accessible lift at rear of Glos Mansion. Free parking is available in the museum parking lot and on the street near the Elmhurst Historical Museum.
Interested in giving back to the community? Volunteer opportunities are available every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the commitment level may be as minimal as only four hours per month. Days and hours are flexible with training and orientation provided. A volunteer application is available by clicking here, or a printed copy can be mailed to you or picked up in the Museum’s office.
For more information, call (630) 833-1457 or visit www.elmhurst.org.