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Midway Village & Museum Center

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Address: 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107-2613
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+1 815-397-9112

➢ 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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Great Museum and Village

We really enjoy the Midway Village, lots of old buildings set up like a community in the early 1900's! They also have themed weekends, WW1, WW2 days and looking forward to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 7, 2016
Anthony M
Rockford, Illinois
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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We really enjoy the Midway Village, lots of old buildings set up like a community in the early 1900's! They also have themed weekends, WW1, WW2 days and looking forward to the Victorian Christmas! If you are in the area please stop by they also have a nice inside museum about Rockford History.

Thank Anthony M
Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

The village plays host to many special days from the largest WW2 renactment in the country to WW1. civil war and early baseball. it is a great family outing.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

We go every year for WWII Days, and this was the best year yet. They go out of their way to provide a good experience for people.

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Wentzville, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Some friends and I went to the Midway Villages' WWII days. This year was the 20th anniversary and while my friends had been before, I never had. WOW! This is the biggest historical reenactment and display in the U.S. If you've never been you really should go. They also have WWI events and other events throughout the year. And the... More 

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Glenview, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Family of 4 with 9, 11 year old boys went to see World War II reenactment. Very impressive, 1300 reenactors and 48 continental US states represented, well worth the visit! Over a dozen countries (including Finnish, Ukranian, Italian, Polish) represented in uniforms, in trenches, and in skirmishes and battles. Units on horses, medical units. Lots of activities for girls too,... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

If you need a place for your function, whether it be a wedding, meeting or banquet. This is the place for you. We had Famous Dave's carter it which was also great! The people at Midway village could not have been nicer. Handicap accessible plenty of parking great location. If I could give Midway more than 5 stars I would!

Thank MuffynTom
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Nice grounds, well-maintained buildings and wonderful historic atmosphere. Unfortunately to go inside the village's locked buildings a tour is required. Our tour group consisted of about 6 senior adults. At times I felt as if the guide was talking to a group of school children. At other times the tour seemed to be more about nostalgia and less about history.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We had not been inside the museum for some time, but went this summer. it has some very nice additions on local history. I wish it had some more on Camp Grant and some more of the old Rockford industry names/displays. They have many, but could use more. The outdoor village is good, as is the display of the airplane... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

Now, my visit was cut short by a nagging teenager, that I got sick of hearing from, so the rating is reflective of the fact my day was cut short and missed the tours. We got there early, and sat in the lobby for them to open. Now, a few of the people that worked there, sat down talking, and... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

My family are all history buffs and we enjoy touring old houses and seeing how things were done in years past. It makes you appreciate how easy we have it now. We knew we would be passing through Rockford, IL and stumbled upon the website for Midway Village & Museum. When we arrived, we found a nice museum that includes... More 

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