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Address: 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: +1 815-397-9112
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Description: ➢ Midway Village Museum is an award-winning museum celebrating its 40th...
➢ Midway Village Museum is an award-winning museum celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The museum is located just minutes off of Illinois I-90. A 148-acre museum campus, the setting offers a wonderful experience for visitors of all ages. ➢ As part of the museum campus, a Victorian-era Village is situated on 13 acres of the beautiful grounds which offers visitors the opportunities to learn about life as it was in the late 1890s-1910s. The grounds include 26 structures which create the Village and heritage gardens, all representing a rural community. During the months of May through August, interpreters in authentic period clothing lead tours and depict life and customs of the times. ➢ Permanent exhibits spanning more than 20,000 square feet highlights local Rockford and regional Illinois history. The construction continues on one of the largest museum expansions to date entitled, "Many Faces, One Community," an exhibit featuring immigrant stories. ➢ Exhibits also feature "Queen City of the Prairies," "The Girls of Summer," "The MIssing Link: Socks, Monkeys and Rockford's Industrial Past," "Flight Gallery," "Old Dolls' House Museum," and signature "Millhouse," standing at the front entrance to the museum's property. ➢ Hours Vary Seasonally View the website for complete details. ➢ Visitors Enjoy . Seasonal Victorian Village Tours with year-round Exhibits in the Main Museum Center . Award-winning Special Events including the largest World War II Re-enactment in the Midwest . Educational Bus Trips to Interesting History Destinations . Year-round Exhibits relating to Rockford and Northern Illinois history . History Education Programs to Public and Private Schools . Summer Day Camps . Memberships . Beautiful Ambiance for Rentals . Volunteer Opportunities . Sponsorship Opportunities . Heritage Garden Guided Tours - Reservations Required and call in-advance
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Love this place

Their 1940's WW2 reenactment and dance is great fun. Many really vets come, so it is a very fun way to teach your kids a bit of history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Rockford, Illinois
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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Their 1940's WW2 reenactment and dance is great fun. Many really vets come, so it is a very fun way to teach your kids a bit of history.

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Casco, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We went here from out of state to attend the annual "Sock Monkey" festival with grandchildren. It was a fantastic venue for us and kids, we all had such a great time and it was so much more than expected, lots to see and do. The staff in place were so very friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back again... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

They have a WWII reenactment that is outstanding. You can listen to the era's music, see the clothing, visit camps, and watch the troops storm the town.

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Rockford, Illinois
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9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Gives one a good idea what Rockford was like in the beginning. Nice museum inside and outside. Great walking paths next to it. Beautiful setting to use as background in photo sessions.

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Rockford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Every year Midway Village & Museum Center hosts reenactors from all over the country in one of the largest WWII reenactments in the country. It is a wonderful way for children and adults to experience the feeling of actually being there and a living history demonstration beyond compare.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We went to Rockford because we heard about the war re-enactments they do one weekend a year. It was an amazing experience. We saw battles with US, German, and Russian artillery. And in the streets of the historic village there were scenarios acted out as if it were a village in France during the war. We will definitely be back... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The annual WWII reenactment is awesome! WWII armor in battle reenactments with pyrotechnics. Over 1000 reenactors!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

PROS: free parking; large and involved events throughout the year. The most recent even was yesterday which was the WWII event. They were complete with tanks, jeeps, cars, re-enactors, battles, skirmishes that really brings the war to life. Everything was well organized and having the actors and equipment transformed this slice of early Midwest into versions of towns in Europe,... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We travel from Oregon to visit this amazing reenactment and living history event. The Midway Village is a fantastic setting and the soldiers and civilians who participate in this event transport us back to the 1940's. It is magical living history ! Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who make this a well run and extremely organized event.

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ROCKFORD
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I know people who have lived in Rockford longer then I and they don't know there history. I urge folks to step out and explore. This museum is very interesting because it shares the Manufacturing history of Rockford. This is full blown American History. It's enlightening and educational but it's fun to. I loved the guided tour of the 're... More 

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