Midway Village Museum
Set on a picturesque, 137-acre campus, Midway Village is home to more than 110,000 artifacts dating back to the 1830s, when Rockford was founded. The museum campus consists of a Victorian village with 26 historical buildings filled with artifacts of the era, as well as several beautiful 19th century gardens that depict life in northern Illinois from 1890 to 1910. Interpreters in period dress are available seasonally for guided tours.
The main museum building holds large group meeting rooms and exhibit space with a number of permanent exhibits reflecting Rockford’s history and culture that include “The Girls of Summer: Rockford Peaches of the AAGPBL,” “Queen City of the Prairies: Rockford’s First 20 Years,” and “The Missing Links: Socks, Monkeys and Rockford’s Industrial Past.” Many Faces, One Community, is an ongoing exhibit on the immigrant experience in America at the turn of the 20th century, as seen in Rockford.
Throughout the year, Midway Village Museum offers workshops, lectures and guest speakers, as well as themed dinners and tours. Annual events include World War I and World War II re-enactments, Sock Monkey Madness Festival, Scarecrow Festival and more.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5-17, and free for museum members and ages 4 and under. Midway Village Museum is open year-round (check the website for specific times); the Village is open to the public May through August, and by appointment only September through April.