Midway Village Museum Plans To Re-Open Main Museum Center and Gallery Tours Wednesday, January 20

Midway Museum and Village Tours

Midway Village Museum is welcoming back visitors beginning Wednesday, January 20, following the second COVID-19 closure in November. The museum is opening its Main Museum Center and gallery exhibits with self-guided tours at 10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Regular hours of operations are 10 am though 4 pm for visitors to the museum Wednesdays through Sundays.

A Grand Re-opening Guided Exhibit Tours Weekend is set to welcome museum members and visitors back with one-hour guided interpretive tours beginning with a Members Guided Tour Day on Friday, January 29. The tours are free for Midway Village Museum Members and any member interesting in the tours should call the museum’s Front Desk to make a reservation at 815-397-9112.

Following the Members Guided Tour Day on Friday, Visitors Guided Tour Days are set for Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31. Visitors are invited to discover and explore the museum galleries with no extra admission charges to the regular self-guided tour admission price. Admission is $7 adults; $5 children (ages 3-17). Reservations for the guided tours will be available beginning on Friday, January 22 by phone at 815-397-9112 or on our website.


“As part of the museum’s re-opening, a special weekend is set to offer guided gallery tours,” said Executive Director Patrick O’Keefe. “We are excited to open the museum to the public and have decided to move the opening date of the Victorian Village to April 15.”

Our Clean Hands Pledge & Social Distancing Continues

Clean Hands PledgeThe museum is continuing it involvement in a community-wide initiative entitled, "Clean Hands, Open Doors," and pledges to open safely and responsibly by following seven standards intended to reduce disease transmission and help build consumer confidence as the economy reopens.

Visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing while on the museum grounds. Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors to use. Also, for the safety of everyone, the staff is involved in daily temperature and wellness checks. History interpreter guides are also wearing masks and gloves at this time.

The safety of our community, and all those who visit and are part of the museum team, remains our highest priority. The museum will provide updates on its operations to staff, visitors, re-enactors, educators, members, volunteers and others affiliated with museum operations.

Self Monitoring

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have COVID-19. Please consult your health care provider and plan to visit Midway Village Museum in the future. You can visit our website for regular updates.

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Camp Grant Collection Fund

A big thank you to all of you who donated to help Midway Village Museum acquire treasures from The Camp Grant Museum. Thanks to the generous donations from our community, we were able to save some of the artifacts that tell the story of Rockford’s Camp Grant. Contributions can still be made to help support the cataloguing, digitizing and eventual display of these artifacts and archives. You can donate to the cause by credit card or PayPal on our Donations page. Select "Camp Grant Collection Fund" in the dropdown menu named “Donation Type” in the middle of the website landing page. To donate by check, make your check out to Midway Village Museum with “Camp Grant” on the memo line and send to Curator, Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford 61107. Thank you for helping preserve Rockford's history!

Kate O'Connor

Rockford Community Leader, Visionary

We invite you to step back into Rockford's rich and vibrant history at Midway Village Museum, and learn more about the people who made this community great. These include leaders and visionaries, like Kate O'Connor. Born in Rockford in 1863 to an Irish immigrant family, Kate was the youngest of eight children. In addition to serving as Deputy to the County Clerk for Winnebago and practicing law in private practice, she is best remembered for her work in the women's suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment for which she was honored along with Jane Addams in 1929. Kate is just one of the truly amazing people you'll learn about when you visit Midway!

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The Midway Village Museum Education Department offers a wide variety of history themed programs and events for all ages covering time periods from early pioneer settlement through World War II. Our education staff prides themselves in providing quality history programs that are interactive and hands-on whenever possible to interpret the rich history of Rockford and the northern Illinois region. Whether you are looking for a group tour, dynamic guest speakers, exciting school field trips or a new way to make your classroom come alive…we have the program for you.

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Our handicap accessible Main Museum Center offers visitors the opportunity to engage and explore history through interactive exhibits in the more than 20,000 square feet of gallery spaces. In addition to our acclaimed new, "Many Faces, One Community" exhibit that showcases the "turn of the last century" immigrant experience in America, our Main Museum Center houses six exhibition galleries, collections storage, classrooms, workrooms, administrative offices, library, audio-visual room, and the Museum Gift Store. This section includes links to some of our most popular exhibits.

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