212 West Main Street | Barrington, Illinois 60010




 Three WWI Programs This Fall

Though it's located in the heart of downtown, this condo feels a world apart from the bustle of the city. With three bedrooms, it's great for a family.

The Barrington History Museum's Mission – keeping history alive through preservation and education. This includes the collection, preservation, documentation and exhibit of Barrington history and to provide specialized education programs from pre-school through adult.

​The Barrington History Museum continues to commemorate WWI with a three-part biography series on 3 of Barrington's own sons.  Join us as we learn about Ollie Emerson(September 21), Otto Radke(October 19) , and William Schumaker(November 11). Join Sean McReynolds, Tyler Trefelner, and Kevin Kosirowki as they share the lives and contributions of three of Barrington's own. Visit the Events page to buy your tickets online.

Local Artists Lily & Carl Tolpo
Renown Lincoln Artist Lily and Carl Tolpo and Barrington residents personnal paintings, notes, photos and memories  –  A Family of Art.


Welcome to the Barrington History Museum

September 21 | October 19 | November 11

Carl & Lily Tolpo Art Collection

Exhibit of 15 wedding dresses spanning the turn-of-the-century (1900) to mid-century (1950) displayed in the historic setting of our restored folk Victorian Applebee House.

A Retrospective on the Caricatures of Native Son Frank Willmarth
Wedding Dresses: Retrospective
A Retrospective on the Caricatures of Native Son Frank Willmarth

Barrington native son Frank Willmarth, who studied at Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles, known as “Pancho,” sketched tourists at Catalina Island. He estimated that he had drawn pictures of about 50,000 people through his lifetime. We invite you to peruse a sampling of his work.

Children's Toys through the Decades of the 20the Century