NORMANDY a Remembrance

Grand Opening: Sunday- November 10, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Exhibit runs through Saturday- January 11, 2020

Grandpa Wake and the Atomic Bomb

A Memoir by Brian Wake about his father Dr. Wake's life including his involvement in the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki twelve months after the Normandy invasion.

Come See Santa!

Saturday December 7, 2019 1 - 4 pm



Skip the malls and shops and take your kids to see Santa at the Museum!

Come to our cozy museum and your kids can meet Santa Claus. Our trees will be decorated as they were in the 1930s and 1940s and our D-Day exhibit will also be on display. Don't miss this unforgettable experience! 

Upcoming Museum Exhibits and Events

WWII Commemorative Exhibit - 75th Anniversary, D Day and the Normandy Invasion.

Opening Exhibit - Sunday November 10th, 2019. Free Admission.

Photos of Royal Oak Area Service Men and Woman, Memorabilia, Uniforms of every Branch.

Exhibit will have war year's memorabilia, Ration Stamps...etc.

December 2019

Come see Santa Staurday, December 7th 1 - 4 pm. Prizes for the little kids.

Christmas Trees of the 40's and 50's.

Exhibit will run through mid January, 2020.

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Articles by our Curator Muriel Versagi about the many collections of historical documents and records about Royal Oak, Royal Oak businesses and the people of Royal Oak.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


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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

Major Contributors

Dinner Program Sponsorship