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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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Reenactment visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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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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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
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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102 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Schaumburg, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Went to the WW2 event which is very fun. Many vets come out and it is a great way to teach kids about history. The USO dance should not be missed. :) Sock monkey museum may be fun for girls.

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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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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
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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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