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Midway Village & Museum Center

6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
+1 815-397-9112
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Ranked #8 of 15 attractions in Rockford
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: ➢ Midway Village Museum is an award-winning museum celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The museum is located just minutes off of Illinois I-90. A... more » Owner description: ➢ 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 « less
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Rockford, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I belong to Midway Village and try to take advantage of the excellent programs. Don't miss the displays.

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Scotts, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This is not the site to see during the winter. Understandably, all the outdoor buildings were closed. On the inside, there was major construction taking place since it looks like there is a huge addition being built. However, what was available was enjoyable. If you have an infinity for the Rockford Peaches (I do) or farm machinery (I don't), it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

While the indoor museum is interesting, it is the Victorian Village that is the real star here. You get to walk through a rural village and docents will help you appreciate the experience. There are hour long tours that will familiarize you with all the wonderful buildings and the gardens. A must do for any visitor to Rockford.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We like going here for just a nice walk around, but especially for the safe trick or treat. They always do a great job, and make it a lot of fun for the kids.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

PROS: informative indoor exhibits ( they have a plane and a train depot inside); picturesque village outdoors with a church, hospital, fire station, general store, bank, hotel, school, barn, blacksmith and other period houses on the premises. There is a beautiful walking path beside the village that is regularly utilized people around the neighborhood. CONS: none.

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

If you want to know and see what Rockford of yesteryear was like, this is the place to go. Even as a long-time resident of the area, I learned something new. Be aware that if you plan on visiting the village (guided tour to see the insides) that the path around it is gravel, which isn't so great for wheelchairs... More

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The buildings and history is great. It is an interactive outdoor museum that everyone can enjoy. The special programs that are put on are just great. Fun time for everyone over 4 years of age

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I took a group of students here on a field trip. There are staff here dressed period clothing. You will find a bank here that was ones of the few banks in the area that servived the depression, The Holcomb Bank. I know that the Village has many demos, from Civil War and WWII re-inactments during the years. It is... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you want to step back in time or just look at farm equipment to the all girls famous Rockford Peaches Baseball team, this is the place for you. When you are done with the indoor exhibits, take the tour of the" old town". You will go way back in time with the houses, school building, church,the old grocery store... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The museum itself we found not worth the money. We were lucky the kids went with a field trip that cost next to nothing but their regular prices are too high for what they offer. The Village is an absolute delight but wait for one of their many community days and see it all for free.

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