The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum at the Northwood Firestation


Museum hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays:
1 pm to 4 pm
Group tours by appointment




Our 8th Annual Car Show

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Here Come the Brides...... of Royal Oak


View gowns from the 1930's until the 1980's, while learning about the origins of wedding traditions.

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A Woman’s Work is Never Done


The work week and how it changed for women

& a continuation of women’s fashions


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Articles by our Curator Muriel Versagi about the many collections of historical documents and records about Royal Oak, Royal Oak businesses and the people of Royal Oak. 

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Remembering Royal Oak


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

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Union School Bell

Royal Oak Union School Bell

About the bell

Newsletter Archives

Royal Oak Historical Society Newsletters

A chronological list of our most recent published newsletters.

Our Newsletters

Our Photo Gallery

People of Royal Oak

Business Owners of Royal Oak, MI circa 1900

The People

Royal Oak's Kit Houses


View The Houses

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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Upcoming Museum Exhibits

A Woman’s Work is Never Done

Opening, Sunday, Feburary 17th., 2019

2 pm to 4 pm

Refreshments Served.

Concept Art - Woodward Memories

Preview Party, Fund Raiser, Friday August 2nd., 2019

7 pm to 9 pm

$10.00 per person, refreshments served.

Classic Car Show

Saturday August 3rd., 2019

10 am to 3 pm

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

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