Arlington Heights Historical Museum announces tour hours and Muller Mystery Game

Updated 6/17/2022 8:31 AM

Discover the unique history of the families who once lived in the homes and worked in the buildings at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum campus!

Tours are given each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Meet in the Heritage Gallery, 110 W Fremont St., for an hour long tour that includes the five historical building on the museum campus. Tours are $5 for adults and $3 for children.


Every third Saturday beginning June 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m. the Historical Society will also offer the "Müller Mystery Game." As you move through the main floor of the Müller home, you will solve a series of puzzles. Each puzzle answer will bring you one step closer to solving the mystery. Individuals are $5 or groups can purchase this game experience for $10.

Profits help to preserve the artifacts and interior of the homes showcased on the Museum grounds. Arlington Heights Historical Society members are admitted at no cost. Unless you have a large party, there is no need to book your tour in advance. Please email Katie Porwit at to reserve your spot for the "Müller Mystery Game," and she will provide you with more information.

The game will be offered during the Farmers Market season on the following dates: June 18, July 9, July 30, August 20, September 10 and October 1.

What you'll see on your visit:

In 1882, F.W. Müller built his house on the corner of Vail and Fremont. The Müller House represents the life of an upper middle-class family during the 1880-1910 period. F.W. Müller, his wife Lizzie and five children lived in this home. As his family grew, Müller added a second story to the home. After manufacturing soda pop in the basement of his home, Müller expanded and built his Soda Pop Factory in 1906. He sold his Arlington Beverage brand soda pop throughout the Northwest suburbs. Many residents of Arlington Heights reminisce about the soda pop that was purchased for special occasions.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service

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 houses exhibits, a shop, offices, a meeting room, and the Historical Society Library.

The 1880s coach house was the stable for the horses and wagons that were used to deliver the soda pop. Be on the lookout workers' graffiti on the walls and ceiling in here. Now, it contains dioramas of the history of Arlington Heights and machinery from the old Boeger Carpentry Shop.

The home of Müller's daughter, Minnie, her husband Nathanial Moore Banta and their daughter Elizabeth was built in 1908 at the corner of Vail and Euclid. F. W. This Arts and Crafts style home was the first architect-designed house in Arlington Heights. The first floor remains in the Arts and Crafts style, and upstairs a doll and dollhouse collection is on display.

Also located on the campus is a replica 1830s log house. Discover how the old settlers made their home in Arlington Heights and surrounding towns.

Arlington Heights Historical Museum


110 W Fremont St.

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Phone: (847) 255-1225

Hours: Wednesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.