The Marion E. Wade Center is a research facility which has a museum and reading room dedicated to the work of seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Individuals, families, and small groups desiring to view the Wade Center museum on an informal basis are welcome to visit without an advance appointment. (However, in such instances, the availability of staff to give tours of the Center cannot be guaranteed.) There is no fee to visit the Wade Center.
If you are interested in scheduling in advance for a group of ten or more, the Wade Center does offer various programs. See our Presentations for Groups page for more details.
Additional Reminders for School Groups
- Teachers should be aware that the Wade Center has a small sales area that contains such items as postcards, bookmarks, and note cards, ranging in price from $.80-$1.35, as well as books, posters, and other more expensive merchandise. Past experience has shown that students are disappointed when they see the postcards, but do not have money to purchase them. If school policy permits bringing money on field trips, you may wish to inform the children in advance. Please note that the Wade Center is not asking you to encourage the children to purchase postcards, nor do we mention the materials for sale in our presentation.
- Groups, whose schedule permits, may also wish to visit the Perry Mastodon Exhibit. This display can be viewed in the Science Center atrium (and thus requires no reservations).
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To make reservations please call the Marion E. Wade Center at 630/752-5908 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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