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The Museum is housed in an 1898 Oak Park Landmark building
at the southeast corner of Lake Street and Lombard Avenue.
The building has served our community in many roles since its construction.
As the oldest municipal building in Oak Park, built before the village was incorporated,
this structure holds a unique place in the community’s history.
Its uses were many and at times overlapping.
It has been a fire station, a seat of local government, a public works depot, a meeting hall,
a youth recreation space, a public works office and shop, a health department, and more.
Just nine miles from Chicago's Loop, Oak Park River Forest
Museum is easily accessible by train, el, bus, and car.
Discover the fascinating and inspiring stories that attract visitors from around the world.
Virtual Tour of OPRF Museum
Dive into a 360-degree virtual tour of Oak Park River Forest Museum!
THE MUSEUM'S SHORT BIO OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875 — 1950)
By age 35, Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) considered himself a failure in business
and struggled to support his wife and three young children.
But once the Chicago native began writing, his fertile mind created
one of the earliest science fiction series, John Carter.
Burroughs also would bring to life a mysterious world
deep in the jungle featuring the ape man Tarzan,
stories that would entertain children and adults for many decades to come.
The Tarzan book series led to a multimillion dollar empire with dozens of movies
that solidified Burroughs place in American culture.
Burroughs wrote his very first stories while living in
Chicago's West Side,
and lived in Oak Park in 1910-1911, and again from 1914-1919,
where he wrote many of his fantastic tales.
He completed his first Tarzan story, Tarzan the Ape Man, in May 1912.
Burroughs also wrote 22 subsequent books
including the "John Carter of Mars" books while living in Oak Park.
He left Oak Park for the warmth of California and Hollywood,
which had embraced Tarzan and would immortalize him in film.
The Virtual Tour of OPRF Museum is a tour of panoramic photographs
capturing OPRF Museum's first floor gallery and the second-floor special exhibit
"Open House: The Legacy of Fair Housing."
On this immersive website, scroll through 20 photos,
and click and drag or zoom in and out on each photo for a 360-degree view.
OAK PARK PIONEERS AND PERSONALITIES FEATURED
SCREEN CAPTURES OF THE ERB WALLS IN THE 360 Tour
The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs
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John Carter Film
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