Muller, Drife and Vickers Booklets Now Available thru our Online Gift Shop


Upcoming Museum Exhibits and Events

ROYAL OAK THE EARLY YEARS... Founding Families and the Schools Beginnings.

Tuesdays' Thursdays' and Saturdays' 1 pm to 4 pm until the end of July 2020.


Northwood Fire House Paranormal Investigation

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 Friday, February 28th, 8 pm 


Friday Speaker Series

The Mills of Oakland County

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Friday, February 21st, 2020 7:00 pm.

Site Content

The Museum Archives


Articles by our Curator Muriel Versagi about the many collections of historical documents and records about Royal Oak, Royal Oak businesses and the people of Royal Oak. 

Remembering Royal Oak


Stories about growing up, living and working in Royal Oak. 

Union School Bell

Royal Oak Union School Bell

Newsletter Archives


A chronological list of our most recent published newsletters.

Our Photo Gallery

People of Royal Oak

Business Owners of Royal Oak, MI circa 1900

Royal Oak's Kit Houses


2019 Car Show Cars


Concept Art and Woodward Memories Exhibit


Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

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The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum is a 501(c)3
 non profit organization
run by volunteers and funded solely by donations. 

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About Us



Founded in 1939, the Royal Oak Historical Society is a private, non-governmental organization of volunteers. We collect, display and preserve information and objects of Royal Oak’s past for current and future generations. Throughout the year we present various special exhibits and provide a venue for other groups and individuals to display their collections.

The society was organized in 1939 by nine women and one man, according to information compiled by local historian Owen Perkins, for his book, "Royal Oak, Michigan, The Early Years," published in 1971.

The founders were civic activists, representing such organizations as the Library; Ezra Parker Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution; Chamber of Commerce; American Association of University Women; Royal Oak Woman's Club; and the Royal Oak Memorial Society. Members of most of those same organizations remain active in the society




The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum came to be in March 2004, when five women each contributed $1000 to purchase the collection of Bill Rasmussen. The women were Agnes Buhalski, Pat Eaves, Bonnie Linehan, Blanche Myerhoven Roth, and Muriel Versagi.




Our annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast at the Farmers Market, Car Show, and Woodward Memories exhibits along with WWII, Viet Nam, Korea, and Civil war exhibits also help keep Royal Oak's history alive.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the Royal Oak Historical Museum

 We always need volunteers in all areas of Museum operations. If you are interested in any of the activities listed below please contact us at 248-439-1501 or

 Docents and Tour Guides
Exhibit Planning and Preparation
Registrar Assistance
Scanning Documents and Photographs
Research Royal Oak Families
Collections Research
Library Assistance
Grant Writers
Conduct and Transcribe Oral History Interviews
Board Member
Manage Museum Gift Shop ( Sales & Record Keeping) 

Contact Us

Send us a message.

Find out more ways to help!

The Historical Museum is always looking for
photos of Royal Oak, from the 1800's to the
1980's, to add to our archives. We are seeking
views of businesses, historic homes,
prominent people, and public buildings,
in Royal Oak and along historic
Woodward Ave. 

If you have any photos to share with us
or you would like to submit a column about
Royal Oak history, or growing up in Royal Oak please contact us.

Royal Oak Historical Society Museum

1411 W Webster Rd, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073



Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

1 pm to 4 pm

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