Visitor Information

Welcome to Midway Village Museum

Welcome to Midway Village Museum!

Engage • Immerse • Explore

Ranked by visitors to Northern Illinois as a top attraction, Midway Village Museum prides itself as a unique experience combing history, heritage and the exhibition of artifacts to create an unforgettable, educational visitor experience.  A popular destination since 1974, Midway Village Museum is a 148-acre campus nestled among trees creating a step back in time ambiance.  Located on the museum campus is a Main Museum Center and a 13-acre open air museum, the Victorian Village. 

A Big, Little Midwestern City
Rockford, Illinois

Conveniently located, just minutes west of I-90 and the State Street exit, Midway Village Museum offers free daily parking for general admission visitors.  Overnight accommodations at five-star hotels and unique locally-owned and franchised restaurants are only minutes away from the museum.  For more details on the area, visit www.gorockford.com.

Museum Exhibits

The Main Museum Center offers visitors 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits related to many aspects of life in early Northern Illinois and Rockford’s development and economic impact.  Visitors engage and explore history within each permanent gallery and continually changing temporary displays.  There are always new and exciting things for visitors to see in the galleries.

Museum ExhibitsThe Victorian Village is a seasonal experience.  History interpreters guide visitors through the Victorian Village, comprised of 26 historical buildings filled with artifacts of the era, as well as several beautiful 19th Century gardens that depict life in Northern Illinois form 1890 to 1910.  Interpreters in period dress guide one hour tours.  The buildings in the village include a General Store, Bank, Barber Shop, Church, Hotel, and one room School House.  Guided group tours are also available appropriate for school field trips, church groups, travel clubs, garden clubs and social clubs.  To book a tour or request a speaker to attend a meeting, call 915-397-9112.

New Hours at Midway Village Museum
Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll’s House and Museum Store:
Jan 2  – May 1
Wednesday – Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
The Victorian Village is open by appointment only; and is closed for the season.

Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll’s House and Museum Store:
May 2 – June 3
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Victorian Village Tours:
Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.  Last tour begins at 3 pm.

Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll’s House and Museum Store:
June 4 – August 30
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Victorian Village Tours:
Thursday – Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.  Last tour begins at 3 pm.

Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll’s House and Museum Store:
September 2 – December 31
Wednesday – Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
The Victorian Village is open by appointment only; and is closed for the season.

General Admissions
General Admission January 2 – May 1 and August 31 – December 31

Main Museum Center
$7 Adult
$5 Child (ages 3-17)
Free Infant (ages 0-2)

General Admission May 2 – August 30

Main Museum Center & Victorian Village Tours
$8 Adult
$6 Child (ages 3-17)
Free Infant (ages 0-2)
The Victorian Village Tours are a seasonal experience.  The Victorian Village is open May 2 – August 30.  Check tour hours above.  Midway Village Museum Members receive free admission to the Main Museum Center and the Victorian Village during regular hours of operations.

The museum is closed:  New Year’s Day, January 1; Easter, April 12; Thanksgiving, November 26; Christmas Eve, December 24 and Christmas Day, December 25.  The museum also closes at Noon the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 25.

The museum also produces year-round special events and provides history education to more than 30,000 students yearly. Learn more about the ways Midway Village Museum can expand the educational experiences for your students. Download the Midway Village Museum 2020 Calendar of Events in PDF format.

For admission, to book a tour or more details, call 815-397-9112 or educator@midwayvillage.com.

Public Park Areas

From 9am to sunset, when there are no public or private events scheduled guests are encouraged to use of the public park areas of Midway Village Museum which are the areas near Lake Severin and the Millhouse. When museum special events or private rentals are scheduled the public is directed to gather for their use on the far north side of the Millhouse nearest to Guilford Road. Guests should park in the Rec Path parking lot. There is no fee charged. Guests wanting to take a tour or group photos inside the Victorian Village may do so during regular operating hours with paid admissions for all guests in your group. The Victorian Village is open seasonally May through August. For hours and admission, see our General Admission information page. Further questions? Call 815-397-9112.

Mission

Midway Village Museum, the best institution of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Rockford region, is committed to educating and enriching our community by providing state-of-the-art exhibits, programs and events.

Vision

Midway Village Museum will be the primary institution where Rockford’s diverse citizens gather to understand their community’s past and to discuss the challenges of the future.

Important Museum Dates

In 1968, Midway Village Museum was organized by the Swedish, Harlem and Rockford Historical Societies for the purpose of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Rockford area. It began with a donation of land by the Severin Family and has grown dramatically since.

1972 – The original museum site was located on 11 acres donated by the Severin Family: today the site is 137 acres.

1974 – The development of Midway Village opened to represent a typical rural town in Northern Illinois during the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.

1974 – The original 10,000 square foot Museum Center facility opened.

1976 – The Industrial Gallery opened.

1988 – The Old Doll’s House Museum opened along with additional galleries including the Aviation Gallery and the Carlson Education Gallery.

The LZ Peace Memorial

The LZ Peace Memorial is a place of honor for those veterans who served our country, in war and in peace. This memorial stands as a testimony to those soldiers from Winnebago County who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. Learn more →

LZ Peace Memorial