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Address: 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: +1 815-397-9112
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➢ 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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It's evident all the TLC involved by volunteers devoting their free time to maintaining the educational displays. In addition to the indoor museum exhibits including the Rockford... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rockford, Illinois
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Rockford, Illinois
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's evident all the TLC involved by volunteers devoting their free time to maintaining the educational displays. In addition to the indoor museum exhibits including the Rockford Peaches' memorabilia, well-spoken docents educate the public on daily pioneer life in the village itself. Enjoyed this activity by the 7 year old in our group as well as the 59 year old,... More 

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Rockford IL
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We attended All Hallows' Eve Halloween event in Victorian Village and it was really well done. It was perfect for our 2 1/2 year old trick or treating on a smaller scale. We all had a really good time and loved seeing all of the different costumes.

Thank Jennifer S
Rockford, Illinois
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The "Midway Village and Museum" is an awesome way to relive history!! The Educational and Visual attraction is remarkable! One of my Great Grandson's First Grade Class spent the day there yesterday as they have spent the last few weeks learning about pilgrims!! He dressed in Cowboy Boots, Jeans, Blue chambray Shirt and his Mom packed his Peanut Butter/Jelly Sandwich,... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The first time I went was as a chaperone on a field trip for my niece's class. I couldn't believe I hadn't been there before, having lived in Rockford my entire life! Ww2 days are the best but I recommend going on the first day for the reenactments because they tend to lose about half of the reenactors after that,... More 

1 Thank Kristin M
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Attended the WWII days re-enactment weekend. Around 1300 re-en actors and living history folks put on a great display and interpretive displays. So many vehicles and authentic uniforms, equipment, and knowledgeable folks presenting that I'm glad we took two days to witness it all. If you are into WWII at all - get to this! Not only were combat items/units/tactics... More 

Thank Brian V
Durand, IL
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Midway Village's WW II Days, that were held this September, have to be the best in the US. With more than 1,300 re-enactors, tanks, armored vehicles, equipment of all kinds, units representing many countries, battles and skirmishes, a wide variety of uniforms, and re-enactors who know their history, it is a must see. We have attended it over several years... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The Midway Village and Museum Center covers a wide array of interests and there is something there for everyone to connect with. It covers the wide history of the tribes and immigrant populations that made this area a home. It also gives a taste of the diversity of the agricultural and industrial innovations and historical events and places that made... More 

1 Thank Alan B
Rockford, Illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

What a great surprise! Reminded me of Greenfield Village outside of Dteroit MI. This is a terrific museum about Rockford's history. Very well kept, well staffed and great displays and exhibits. Don't miss this one!

Thank Robert C
Rockford, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We with a school field trip. It was so much fun and the people that work there are so enthusiastic. I loved it and the kids really enjoyed themselves. I would definitely chaperone another trip.

Thank Renee E
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We went here on a Sunday after the museum had closed but you can walk around the Mill and the outside grounds. You'll still see some great nature, birding, flowers, water features, and lovely scenery.

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