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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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Hidden away time travel to the past!

As part of a teacher conference, I got to experience Midway Village and the Museum Center. It is very interesting to see how they have expanded both the village and museum over... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Metropolis Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Been awhile since I was here - 16 years have gone by but it was still memorable. Went with my granddaughter on a school trip.

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

As part of a teacher conference, I got to experience Midway Village and the Museum Center. It is very interesting to see how they have expanded both the village and museum over the years. It had been quite awhile since I had visited them. I would definitely recommend a visit, especially during one of their special weekend programs.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A really fun olde worlde experience. I have no idea if it is accurate or not, not having lived in that ear, nor being a historian. However, fun for kids, fun for adults, though probably not much more than a couple of hours to see it all. I didn't do the guided tour, just based on timing, but I overheard... More 

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Belvidere, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Since I have been living in this area for 2 years now I decided it was time to learn more about Rockford, so my visiting friend and I checked the museum out. They have a fairly good exhibit on the Rockford Peaches, the female softball team immortalized in "A League of our Own". One room is devoted to the famous... More 

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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The Midway Village has a nice set up of what a late 1800's town would have looked like. They have a guided tour on the top of every hour. Our tour guide was very nice and informative. The buildings have many items on display. The only part I didn't like was that you could not enter the buildings that the... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Fantastic family fun. Went to the WW1 days event they had this year. Nothing compared to their WW2 days in the summer, but still a great time. Easy to get to. Friendly staff and a great layout.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Looking for things to stop at on our way to Wisconsin Dells we found this as "Home of the Sock Monkey" on a app Roadside America (great app). We decided it was worth the stop and found so much more! We didn't even explore the museum inside (except for the gift shop) because they had a special World War I... More 

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Peru, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Heard about this place and they happened to have a WWI reenactment while we were there so we saw that plus the village. The museum building itself was nice and had a lot about Rockford's history including the sock mockeys, aviation, and the railroads. Will come back.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

There is actually a lot to see. The indoor exhibits included a plane and a flight simulator. My kids really enjoyed the simulator. We learned a ton about Rockford! There is an indoor doll house museum, which is literally wall-to-wall doll houses. My boys were not interested, but I think dolls just aren't their thing. The outdoor village gave us... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

I was here with a tour group and was very impressed by all the history connected to the area. The exhibits and interpretation are well explained and well lit. I especially enjoyed the exhibits on women's softball and the connection to the movie "A League of Their Own" as well as the knitting machines and the development of the sock... More 

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Address: 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: +1 815-397-9112
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford

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