Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum



Hours and Location Special Events (708)366-6530
Established in 1931, Trailside Museum of Natural History served as the first public nature education facility of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
Visitors to the Museum, housed in a historic mid-1870′s Victorian mansion, will discover displays of live native animals, colorful wildflower gardens, information about local wildlife and their habitats, and more.

Darwin Days-Web ButtonNatural-surfaced hiking trails through the surrounding Forest Preserve wind through beautiful oak woodlands and floodplain forest, and to a pond and along the Des Plaines River.


Trailside Museum is child-friendly, and offers a wide variety of public nature programs and guided hikes every month, for children, families and adults. School groups and organizations are welcome to make reservations to visit, and will receive a customized tour with a naturalist. Trailside Museum is located at the western edge of suburban River Forest, and is easily reached by foot, bicycle, car, or public transportation.


738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest, IL 60305

Southwest corner at the intersection of Thatcher Ave., and Chicago Ave., River Forest.





Hours of Operation:

March 1 through the last Saturday in October

8 am to 5 pm daily


Last Sunday in October through February 28

8 am to 4 pm daily


Exhibit Buildings open at 9 a.m. daily (CLOSED FRIDAYS), and may close up to 1/2 hour before grounds close.


CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County