Main Museum Center and Gallery Exhibits Now Open with Hourly Self-Guided Gallery Tours

Midway Museum and Village Tours

Midway Village Museum began welcoming back visitors on January 20th, following the second COVID-19 closure in November. The museum has opened 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.

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“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,” said Executive Director Patrick O’Keefe.


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. Learn more →

Welcome to Midway Village Museum

Camp Grant Collection Fund

Camp Grant Collection FundA 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!

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KATE O'CONNOR
Rockford Community Leader, Visionary

Kate O ConnorWe 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!

Many Faces Exhibit

Delve into our acclaimed "Many Faces, One Community" exhibit with a virtual, 360-degree, interactive tour. Tour opens in new pop-up window or tab (on mobile devices).

Upcoming Events

Self-Guided Museum Tour

Main Museum Center Exhibit
Self-Guided Tours - Open Year Long

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2021 Calendar of Events

2021 Calendar of EventsThe Calendar of Events details the scheduled dates and topics of this year’s favorite signature museum special events, programs and fundraisers. This PDF document is 8-1/2" x 14" page size, 703 KB.

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Midway Village Rentals

Event Rentals at Midway Village

Midway Village Museum can provide the ideal setting for your wedding or next special event. 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!

 

Bringing Our Archives to You

Announcing Midway Village Museum's Online Digital Collections

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Midway Village is open year around.

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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Exhibits

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.