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Midway Village & Museum Center

6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
+1 815-397-9112
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Ranked #7 of 14 Attractions in Rockford
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: ➢ Midway Village Museum is an award-winning museum celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The museum is...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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

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Plymouth, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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332 reviews 332 reviews
227 attraction reviews
608 helpful votes 608 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Loves Park, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were given a tour which was so enjoyable. The guide gave good explanations and pointed out very interesting things. I just loved stepping back in time and remembering the past. Great experience for the money. I plan on bring lots of family and guests here as often as possible.

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Rockford, Illinois
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143 reviews 143 reviews
38 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

$7 for adults general admission, $5 for kids under 17.... you start off in the main building learning about Rockford's history... some of it is interesting, some of it is not - however I suppose it just depends on the individual and what interests you! They just opened a brand new exhibit about Rockford's historic famous faces/persons. Also in the... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Midway Village is a very interesting look back in time. The building are nice and it is amazing it is right in Rockford. I have been here several times. My favorite event is the All Hallows Eve event. My kids really like the atmosphere and it is pretty safe. My biggest complaint is the staff. It is very unorganized and... More 

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We thought a Saturday afternoon in the summer when no village events were scheduled would be a good time to take the grandkids to see the museum and the village. Not being tour type people and having young short-attentioned kids, we thought we would self-guide ourselves through. Upon entering the village, we were told that we could walk around, but... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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