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Welcome to the Village of Bartlett Museums; the Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Depot Museum. Both museums are operated and funded by the Village of Bartlett, Illinois and are committed to the exhibition and education of our community's rich history.

We invite you to visit our museums and participate in the many events each offers. Please click on the links to learn more about each.


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Artifact of the Month -- July 2014

keychain from Rafael's Apple Orchard RestaurantRafael's Apple Orchard Restaurant was once located in what is now the administration building for the Bartlett Park District. The restaurant was owned by the Park District and operated by Rafael and Janice Bande and their six children.

According to the fall 1983 Park District brochure, the restaurant served lunch and dinner with prices beginning at $2.95. Sunday brunch was available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday night fish fries featured 13 fish specials along with the regular menu, which included homemade bread, soups and salads. The Wednesday all you could eat special for $3.95 was beer batter chicken or spaghetti.

This keychain, along with many other artifacts and images from Bartlett, was recently donated to the museum by former Village President Bill Tiknis.


Museum Donations

picture of potato race ribbon from 1914

Ever wonder how the Bartlett History Museum acquires all of the artifacts, images, textiles and more for its collection? These items come from past and present residents, family descendants, and generous individuals who donate them. The Museum is always seeking objects and photos that capture a moment in Bartlett's rich past. The archives contains hundreds of items, ranging in size from a button off the first Bartlett Girl Scout uniform to a six-foot nail bin from the old Schultz Hardware. Do you have Bartlett items you would like to donate to the Museum's archives? Please contact Pam Rohleder, Director, at 630-837-0800.


The museums are members of the American Association of Museums, Association of State and Local History, Illinois Association of Museums, and the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association.

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