Mundelein Heritage Museum
Mundelein Heritage Museum to Reopen to the Public opens September 19 at 1 pm!
Newly Renovated Mundelein Heritage Museum to Reopen to the Public
The Mundelein Park and Recreation District in partnership with the Mundelein Historical Commission are pleased to announce the re-opening of the Mundelein Heritage Museum, 601 Noel Drive, on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 1 pm, with public health safety measures in place. Formerly known as the Fort Hill Museum, the facility has been closed for two years for renovations and updates.
Museum Hours: Saturdays from 1- 4 pm and on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm. through December. It will be closed during the winter months and reopen in March.
In compliance with Phase 4 COVID-19 guidelines, the commission asks people to please call 847.949.3200 daily from 8 am-5 pm to reserve a time slot to tour the museum. By making reservations, the total number of people touring the museum will not exceed 10 people per time slot. For public health purposes, facemasks are required for entry, until further notice; mandatory use of hand sanitizer; no more than 10 people are allowed in the museum at any time; there are no interactive displays, and a frequent cleaning schedule is in place. Group tours are available by appointment.
Park District Director, Ron Salski, explained that the Fort Hill Historical Society, the organization that operated the museum, had to disband in 2018. Museum Operations were taken over by the Mundelein Historical Commission under a cooperative agreement between the Village of Mundelein and the Park District. “The Mundelein Historical Commission serves as the Board of Directors for the Museum, while the Park District owns the land, building, and the Artifact Collection,” Salski said. “During the last two years, commission members have reorganized the displays, updated as needed, refocused the displays on the History of Mundelein, and added a display room for temporary exhibits. We are very pleased with all of the changes and we are excited about re-opening the museum to the public,” he added.
Visitors to the Mundelein Heritage Museum will see new exhibits on early pioneers; the one-room schools of Fremont Township; memorabilia from iconic Mundelein businesses, military displays from WW I, and WW II; and displays dedicated to the five names of Mundelein. In addition, the Office is now dedicated to Mundelein’s Railroad History. “There is a lot of information and interesting photos that tell a compelling story of Mundelein’s rich history,” Flynn explained.
Residents who are interested in preserving a piece of Mundelein’s past themselves, are welcome to purchase an authentic brick from the former Hawley Street Village Hall for $5 per brick. Each brick has a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Mayor Steve Lentz.