Victorian Village and Museum Center Now Open!

Village OpeningRanked by visitors to Northern Illinois as a top attraction, Midway Village Museum is an authentic experience combining history, heritage and the exhibition of artifacts to create an unforgettable, educational visitor experience. Visitors explore life and culture during the late 19th Century in Northern Illinois. The Victorian Village is a living history experience representing 1890 – 1910. Visitors engage and immerse themselves in life as it was in the early part of the 1900s during a one-hour walking tour. Costumed history interpreters in period clothing walk you through the 13-acre Victorian Village visiting many of the 26 historic buildings representing life in Northern Illinois. The Main Museum Center exhibits are part of your admissions.

Midway Village Museum staff and all visitors to the museum campus are required at this time to follow all State of Illinois mandates for social distancing.

Currently, each tour will consist of 9 visitors and a living history interpreter for safe social distancing practices. Visitors enter the Main Museum Center for the Museum Gift Shop and to purchase admission tickets.

If you are a Midway Village Museum Member the tours are free as part of your membership. Please, call ahead to make a reservation so we can accommodate you and your guest(s) by speaking with a Front Desk representative at 815-397-9112.

Open For Tours On Saturday, July 4!

Midway Village Tours on 4th of July

The Victorian Village is also open on Saturday, July 4, for the Fourth of July holiday. Bring your family, but remember to reserve a tour time early!

To purchase your ticket(s), click here or call to speak to a Front Desk representative during regular business hours.

Any visitor without reservations including public guests and museum members should register at the Front Desk with a cashless point of sale system, on a first come, first served basis, with a possibility of a wait until the next hourly tour is available. Tours are at 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. The Victorian Village closes at 4 pm to all visitors.

Following your ticket purchase, museum guests will meet at Gate B. At the beginning of the hour, a history interpreter will greet you. Thank you for your interest in Midway Village Museum.


Clean Hands Pledge
COVID-19 Update

Our Clean Hands Pledge & Social Distancing

The museum is now taking part in a community-wide initiative entitled, "Clean Hands," 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.

Soxanne Giant Sock Monkey with Mask On New Programs

Mini History’s Mysteries Summer Camps – On Tuesdays, beginning July 7


Summer Day Camp - June, July and August

Junior Interpreter Program

Swing Dance - Friday, July 31, 2020

Oregon Trail In Real Life - Family and After Hours +21 Events

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


VDay Celebration


Date: Friday, July 31
RSVP Deadline: July 29
Limited Availability


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!

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!

Mini Camps

History's Mysteries Mini Camps

New 2-hour Mini Camps beginning on Tuesdays, July 7th. For your safety, camps will be held outdoors and limited to 10 children for each themed program.


2020 Events BrochureDownload our 2020 Calendar of Events

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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Many Faces Exhibit

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

Note: Tour opens in new pop-up window or tab (on mobile devices).

WWII Re-enactor Registration


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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Schedule a School Tour


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.