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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 17 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
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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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Chicago
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
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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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Scotts, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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Portland, Connecticut
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54 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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226 attraction reviews
599 helpful votes 599 helpful votes
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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