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Ernest Hemingway Birth Home

Address

339 N. Oak Park Ave.

Neighborhood

Oak Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: Closed

Sun, Oct 16: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Wesley A. Arnold, 1890

Website

ehfop.org

Description

This historic house with wraparound porch and a turret was the birthplace and early childhood home of Ernest Hemingway. It was built by his maternal grandparents and today has been fully-restored as a house museum. The interior is awash in rich Victorian decor recreated meticulously from photographs taken by Ernest’s father, Dr. Clarence Hemingway. The passions of the family are on full display—from the taxidermied wildlife specimens collected by his father to the musical instruments used by his mother Grace to give lessons. The house was among the first in Oak Park to have electricity, and since it was not yet particularly reliable, the light fixtures also included gas lamps.

Behind the Scenes

See the home that shaped the earliest memories of legendary writer Ernest Hemingway.