The Niles Historical Society operates the Niles Historical Museum and collects information pertinent to Niles history. The museum has a 1913 Model T Ford, a covered wagon and exhibits of old farm and work tools, kitchen appliances and equipment, an old-fashioned school room and exhibits of clothing, washing machines and other necessities of life prior to the age of modern technology. Some of the items in the collections include a Victrola, old typewriters, a kerosene lamp, an ice box and a horse drawn plow.
The Society welcomes tour groups, including seniors, students and tourists. Arrangements can be made for groups to bring bag lunches to the museum.
The museum increased its level of handicapped accessibility in April 2010 by installing an elevator so patrons can reach the second and third stories.
The museum puts on a program one Sunday every month from 2 to 4 p.m. While it is typically held on the fourth Sunday, the date sometimes varies. Recent programs included "Evolution of the Comic Book," "Roaring 20s Duo" and "Chicago in the Railroad Era."
- Fax: 847-390-0160
- Hours: Mon Wed Fri 10:30am-3pm and a program that usually falls on the fourth Sunday of the month.
- Handicap Accessible: Elevator, ramp with handrails, accessible restrooms.
- Founding Date: Aug 01 1971
- Ticket information: Free admission; donations accepted.
- Private parties: No
- Food/drink: No
- Alcohol served: No
- Coat/bag check: No
- Parking: Free lot
- Restrictions: No smoking
- What makes this community special?: Michael Crisci, administrative assistant, says "Niles has a sense of everybody chipping in and getting things accomplished together as a group."
- What is an interesting historical or little known fact about this town?: Many of the hoodlums of the Prohibition era used to come to Niles, said Crisci.
- Guided tours?: Yes
- Guided tour languages: English
- Audio tours?: No
- Gift shop: No
- Cameras allowed?: Yes
- Membership levels: Corporate, Family, Individual