Midway Village Museum Operations
And The COVID-19 Virus

Statement Release: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Midway Village Museum is closed through Thursday, April 30. All special events, programs, activities, field trips, tours and other activities are now closed to the public. See below for cancelled or postponed activities/events. Any changes will be posted publicly.

Midway Village Museum is closely monitoring and preparing its operations as the COVID-19 outbreak continues in Illinois. At Midway Village Museum, our goal is to keep staff, volunteers and the public safe.


From Minks to Sinks Rummage Sale - New Date and Time To Be Determined

Silent Film Saturday - New Date and Time To Be Determined


Jason’s Deli Restaurant Fundraiser - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

World War I School Day Program Educational Field Trip - Friday, April 3, 2020

Sensory Night World War I Program - Friday, April 3, 2020

World War I: The Great War - Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2020 Two-Day Public Event

Civil War Hands-On History Program Education Field Trip Program - April 28 - May 1, 2020

Main Museum Center Is Closed until Thursday, April 30.

The staff at the museum is following Center for Disease Control guidelines to avoid further spread of the virus:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Maintain "social distance" by at least 6 feet between you and another person
  • Do not plan or attend large gatherings/parties or group meetings

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.

Should you have further questions, please email admin@midwayvillage.com.

Welcome to Midway Village Museum

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!

Delve into our acclaimed "Many Faces, One Community" exhibit with a virtual, 360-degree, interactive tour.

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The award-winning Midway Village Museum sits on a 148-acre campus conveniently located near I-90 in Rockford, Illinois. The museum is comfortably nestled among trees to create a beautiful ambiance at any time of the year. Our Victorian-era Village and Main Museum Center are centrally located on the campus within walking distance of each other.

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Event Rentals at Midway Village

Get complete details on private rental opportunities at the museum.

View our new Wedding Photo Gallery and discover why Midway Village makes the ideal setting for your special day!

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Bringing Our Archives to You

Announcing Midway Village Museum's Online Digital Collections

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Education Resources

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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Support Midway Village

Help us preserve Rockford's rich history for future generations.

We would like to thank all of our generous donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and others who make Midway Village Museum possible. If you would like to help, there are many ways to support Midway Village Museum. These ways include Membership, Sponsorship, Donating Time or Money, Planned Giving, Artifact Donation, and more.

Volunteer at Midway

Are you energetic and enthusiastic and willing to share your time and talents with us? Become a part of our volunteer team, and enjoy the many benefits associated with the program.

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Join or Donate

Become a Midway Village Museum Member today. Benefits include free admission to many special events at Midway Village and much more. It's fast and easy to sign up or make a donation online.

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Midway Village Rentals

Midway Village Museum can provide the ideal setting for your next event.