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House Tours

House Tours include an introduction to the Dawes House, a guided tour of the first floor, and our second-floor exhibits.

Visitors have time to peruse exhibits at their leisure, revisit areas of the house of particular interest, and ask questions of the expert docents.

See below for upcoming tours.

  • The first-floor tour includes six large rooms filled with the Dawes family collection of furnishings and artwork, just as they were during the 1920s.
  • The second floor includes a permanent exhibit, Milestones and Memories, that encompasses highlights of Evanston’s multi-faceted history and is populated with significant artifacts from the collection.
  • Specially-focused exhibits on timely issues and themes from the EHC collections, costume, artifact, and archival, are located in a second suite of rooms.
  • The Dawes House is open for tours Thursday – Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm.
  • The cost is $10 per person.
  • Evanston History Center members and children under 6  are free.
  • District 65 and District 202 educators receive free admission to the Dawes House, including docent-led tours and access to the research room during regular business hours.
  • Tickets for tours are not necessary.
  • Please make sure there hasn’t been a last-minute closure before visiting.
  • Closures will be posted on our Calendar of Events.
  • Educators can register in advance by clicking here or simply show up during regular hours and register onsite.
  • All educators must show their school photo IDs at the door.
  • The first floor is wheelchair accessible.
  • The second floor is only accessible via the main stairway.
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