Welcome to Midway Village Museum

Kate O'Connor

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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Midway Village Rentals

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

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!

Many Faces ExhibitDelve 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

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Village TourVictorian Village Tour

Hourly tours from at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm thru Oct. 31

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WWII Days Video

World War II Days Virtual Event: Digital Video Presentations

Online Friday, September 25 through Sunday, October 25

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Canceled Events

World War II Days – September 19 and September 20

All Aboard Model Train Show - November 7


YOUR VISIT TO MIDWAY VILLAGE
Our Clean Hands Pledge & Social Distancing

Clean Hands PledgeIn addition to following all State of Illinois and local government mandates, Midway Village Museum is also taking part in a community-wide initiative entitled, "Clean Hands," to help protect our staff and visitors against Covid-19. As a result, in the best interests of safety of all concerned: tour group sizes are currently limited to 9 visitors; all visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing while on the museum grounds; hand sanitizer is available for visitors to use; all museum staff is undergoing daily temperature and wellness checks; and history interpreter guides are wearing masks and gloves. Learn more →

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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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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.