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Midway Village & Museum Center

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Address: 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107-2613
Phone Number: +1 815-397-9112
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➢ 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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History Buffs - Great little find!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jimmy L
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We spend more than an hour with the tourist guide in the outdoor village, from a general store, hospital, police station to school. Make me feel like live in the history. The indoor museum also keeps a lot of stuff, so I think it really worth our time and tickets.

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

A great museum of early Americana and Rockford,Il. Has outdoors from the main building turn of the century buildings and gardens including an herb garden. Has reenactment activities also. The mill provides many photo opportunities.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We had spent the night in Rockford, with some family members for a concert, the next day looking for something to do, decided to see what this was all about. We thought for the price you pay, it was a very interesting museum/ and village , we had an excellent guide!

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

I brought my two sons (ages 12 and 10) to see the World War I reinactment while we were between soccer games at a local tournament. The signage and directions to find parking were not well laid out. I wish that instructions for parking had been provided in advance (either on the website or with the tickets I purchased online).... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

We are members and enjoy trips to War Days, Holloween, and other events throughout the year. This is a local history museum; excellent exhibits and in season a village of original and recreated buildings representing life in northern Illinois at the turn of the 20th century. Highly recommended

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

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 turn of the 20th century. Highly recommended

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The is barn is very delightful and lovely for doing wedding the grounds are beautiful and very romantic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We brought our family to the outdoor activities. They were the pioneer days, Halloween activities and the Civil War Reenactments. The activities were hands on educational experiences for all ages, and they were fun. Our family still has fond memories of these events.

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Carbondale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A growing exhibit of early pioneer housing and commercial enterprises, including an early mill. Often hosts historical re-enactments of various military periods.

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