This is clearly an above-average local history museum; excellent exhibits and in season a village of original and recreated buildings representing life in northern Illinois at the... read more
➢ 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
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➢ 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
. Beautiful Ambiance for Rentals
. Volunteer Opportunities
. Sponsorship Opportunities
. Heritage Garden Guided Tours - Reservations Required and call in-advance