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“World's Largest Sock Monkey!”

Midway Village & Museum Center
Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Rockford
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed July 17, 2012

We went to Midway Village to see their giant Sock Monkey, said to be the World's Largest, but was surprised at everything else that was there. The village is cute and large enough for the kids to take a little time exploring, and the museum that housed the Sock Monkey is updating to some pretty neat high-tech displays. Plus there was a bonus Dollhouse Museum right off the parking lot that was a neat little side stop.

Thank Laura W
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

This place has a historical village with reenactors, the rockford peaches( A League of Their Own) original uniforms in the museum, and a fun titanic supper in april. There always seems to be a lot to do there andI can't wait to visit again.

Thank Maxine J
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

This is a great place to take the kids to see how it was like "in the old days!" The village has lots of fun things to see, and don't miss the doll house exhibit. The museum has some interesting local items, but the real draw for us was the village circa 1901. A tour guide will take you around and give you some tidbits of info. Nice place and well done.

Thank Dave B
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

My kids and I are very interested in "history & the olden days". I love learning about Rockford. This place is very neat. They have building such as the general store, jail, fire house, school house, hospital, church, blacksmith, printers shop. They have a wonderful guided tour. Weve always had a great tour and they really let the kids get involved and ask lots of questions. The museum is really nice also, we dont spend as much time in there but very nice. Also they have special weekends when there is a theme like "civil war days" and they put on a big act. Theyve done "wild west" before and really miss it. Havent seen it in about 6 years. Would love to see that again

Thank mislicous16
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

We always go to the WW2 event at the end of September. My 13 year old son looks forward to it. We try to attend other events throughout the year and always have a good time. If living in this area and plan to attended 2 or more events, buy a membership. It pays for itself usually after the first visit for a family.

Thank dwnkey76
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