Tour Arlington Heights museum campus, play mystery game

  • Tour the Arlington Heights Historial Museum campus and recapture a bit of Arlington Heights history. Tours are given each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    Tour the Arlington Heights Historial Museum campus and recapture a bit of Arlington Heights history. Tours are given each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Courtesy of Arlington Heights Historical Society

Posted7/6/2022 10:18 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.


Müller Mystery Game

From 9:30-10:30 a.m. every third Saturday, the Arlington Heights Historical Society will 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.

Cost is $5 per person or $10 for groups. 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.

To reserve your spot for the "Müller Mystery Game," email Katie Porwit at and she will provide you with information.

The game will be offered during the farmers market season on the following dates: July 9, July 30, Aug. 20, Sept. 10 and Oct. 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.

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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.

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 Arlington Heights 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 for 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. 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 settlers made their home in Arlington Heights and surrounding towns.

The Arlington Heights Historical Museum is at 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

For information, call (847) 255-1225.

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