Museum and Police Open Houses

May 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Rd
Wilmette, IL 60091
Wilmette Historical Museum

The Wilmette Police Department and the Wilmette Historical Museum will jointly host a family-friendly Open House. The two facilities are located a block apart on Ridge Road at 710 Ridge Road and 609 Ridge Road.

Visitors to the Police Department will receive a tour of police facilities, see police vehicles and meet officers. Free hot dogs will be served again this year, sponsored by the Wilmette Optimist Club. Visitors should bring their own cameras for children’s “mug shots.”  Special guests will include the US Coast Guard, a canine unit, and more.

Visitors are invited to step inside the Museum’s historic 1896 building for a family-friendly game of “Museum Bingo” and self-guided tours of exhibits including an original Gross Point Village Hall jail cell. The research room will be open after 12:30 p.m. for families looking for information about the history of their house.  Outside the Museum, families can enjoy a free cookie and plant cucumber seeds to take home while learning about Wilmette’s pickle history. Always a highlight, the Wilmette Community Band will be playing on the lawn from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Police Department’s website at or the Historical Museum’s website at You can also call the Police Department at (847) 256-1200 or the Museum at (847) 853-7666.