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Chester County Historical Society Hours of Operation ~ Please visit us Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm.

Museum and Library Admission Fees: Members FREE ~ Adults $8.00 ~ Seniors $6.00 ~ Students with ID $5.00  ~ Ages six through eighteen $4.00

Visitors are welcome to pay what they wish on the first Friday of each month.  

CCHS is closed on the following holidays:

New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day; July 4th; Labor Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas. The Research Library is closed to researchers for the month of January. CCHS is closed to the public one weekend each spring while we host the regional National History Day competition. This year's closure is April 6 & 7, 2018. 

Chester County Library card holders may sign-out up to 2 individual day passes a month for free admission.  Passes are available at the West Chester Public Library, the Henrietta Hankin Branch, and the Chester County Library and District Center (Exton).

The Chester County Historical Society follows delays or closures implemented by county offices in cases of inclement weather. The Chester County website will announce weather closures and delays when they occur. 

Plan Your Visit

Choose the location you wish to visit. The History Center houses the museum, library and photo archives, and the Cultural Center. It is the site where most CCHS programs are held.

The History Center
225 N. High Street
West Chester, PA 19380-2658


Chester County Archives
601 Westtown Road, Suite 080
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
*CCHS administers the Chester County Archives in cooperation with the County of Chester. The County Archives, which houses the historic government records of Chester County, is located in the Government Services Center on Westtown Road.

Paper Moon @ CCHS ~ 610.416.3164 ~ Paper Moon, owned by Cyndi Meadows (previous owner of Penwick Design) creates custom invitations and stationery for all of life's occasions. In addition, Paper Moon carries and creates greeting cards, custom mugs, tumblers and other unique personalized gifts.

There are many parking options available for your use.

1.The closest public parking for the Chester County Historical Society is the Chestnut Street Garage at 14 East Chestnut Street, across the street from CCHS.

  • Two-hour parking is available in the short term parking area on the ground floor. Pay at the lower level kiosk and display your ticket on your car's dashboard.
  • Upper Level Garage hours and rates are posted: you receive a parking stub when you enter, and pay when you leave. Many business and restaurants validate your garage ticket with purchase, so take it with you.

2. Metered parking is available on-street and in several parking lots. Meters take quarters and/or credit cards, 10-minutes for each quarter up to three-hours (or longer at the parking lot at Chestnut & Church Streets). Metered parking is enforced Monday through Friday and beginning at 5pm on Saturday.  Once the time on the meter has expired, parked cars are subject to a parking ticket. Parking on Sunday is free.

3.  Parking in the Justice Center Parking Garage is free after 5pm Friday through Sunday.

4. There is free street parking on several area streets; please read all signs. 

Alternative parking information can be found at the West Chester Business Improvement District's website: Parking in Downtown West Chester and a Map. There is plenty of metered parking on the streets surrounding CCHS, and don't forget, we make change for the meters!