Permanent Exhibits


Arlington Heights Historical Museum exhibits are within the:


BOEGER CARPENTRY SHOP - a recreated circa 1874 carpentry shop with authentic woodworking machinery.
BLACKSMITH SHOP - a recreated setting of the town smithy, one of the most important businesses to the early growth of the village of Arlington Heights.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS DIORAMAS - dioramas of the local area before European settlement, the first school, the train coming to town, the growth of the village, ice harvesting, and the first library.


A replica 1830s log cabin representing the homes of early settlers in the groves of Northeastern Illinois. Family activity centered around the hearth in this one room home.


A Victorian period house circa 1890s. The home features a restored parlor, office, kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms. Was the home of F.W. Müller and his family. Müller was a German immigrant and operated a soda pop factory in Arlington Heights.


An Arts and Crafts house designed by Elgin architect Ralph Elliot Abell and built in 1908. Home of Wilhelmina Müller Banta and Nathaniel Moore Banta. Home has a restored living and dining room and is furnished with arts and crafts style furniture.

MARTHA MILLS DOLL COLLECTION - Collection of over 1000 dolls ranging from modern to antique, cloth to porcelain, miniature to 36". Dolls were made and collected by Martha Mills, a resident of Arlington Heights. This exhibit changes twice a year.
LORRAINE KORENTHAL DOLLHOUSE COLLECTION - Collection of three dollhouses and miniatures. Dollhouses and miniatures were collected by Jack and Lorraine Korenthal of Arlington Heights.


The Old Soda Pop Factory housed the bottling machinery, garage, and two apartments for F.W. Müller's sons and their families. Today, the Factory serves as the Museum Welcome Center, the research center, the Heritage Gallery and Gift Shop, and the Temporary Exhibit. 

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