Visit Midway Village Museum!
The Victorian Village will officially open for its 47th season earlier this year on Thursday, April 15. As a visitor to the museum campus, your experience includes the viewing the Main Museum Center exhibits and touring the 13-acre Victorian Village.
The Victorian Village is part of the 148-acre museum campus, the Village includes 26 structures and 8 heritage gardens representing a rural community during the era of 1890-1910. History interpreters in costumed Victorian clothing lead tours exploring the life and culture of the period. Tours in the Victorian Village begin at 11 am and last one hour. The last tour is at 3 pm. Visitors should make a reservation online, by calling the Front Desk or in-person at the Museum Gift Store. Walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis.
From Thursday, April 15 until Friday, June 4 the schedule is as follows:
Thursdays and Fridays:
Self-Guided Tours of the Victorian Village and Main Museum Center exhibits.
Saturdays and Sundays:
One hour guided tours of the Victorian Village and self-guided tours of the Main Museum Center exhibits.
The Main Museum Center is open for self-guided tours of the exhibits.
On Thursday, June 10, the Victorian Village hours are expanded to included Thursdays and Fridays for guided tour experiences. This schedule will run through Sunday, August 29.
Your visit to Midway Village Museum will include viewing the Main Museum Center exhibits. Inside the Main Museum Center visitors engage and explore history through interactive exhibits in the more than 20,000 square feet of gallery spaces. Nestled among each permanent gallery are continually changing temporary displays. There are always new and exciting things for visitors to see in our galleries.
Inside The Main Museum Center
The Main Museum Center opens at 10 am Wednesday through Sundays.
Many Faces, One Community: This exhibit features stories of Rockford’s immigrants from 1834 to the present. Arrive through the train depot, stroll along 7th and South Main Streets, visit an immigrant home, and apply for a job at the Swedish furniture factory.
Queen City of the Prairies: Only 20 years after its founding Rockford became an important regional center of government, industry, and commerce. Learn more about life in 1840s Rockford.
The Girls of Summer: Meet the Rockford Peaches and learn about these ladies who played hardball in the 1940s-50s.
The Missing Link: Socks, Monkeys and Rockford’s Industrial Past: Monkey around with red heel socks and view the Nelson knitting machines. Find the sock monkey that helped win Rockford the title of “Home of the Sock Monkey.”
Flight Gallery: Learn about local aviators like Bessica Raiche, and see Col. Bert Hassell’s 1928 SMI Stinson-Detroiter Airplane.
Industrial Gallery: Rockford’s industrial geniuses created innovative products that impacted the local and worldwide economy.
Adjacent to the Museum Center be sure to see:
Old Doll’s House Museum: Outside the Museum Center, the Old Doll’s House Museum has 30 miniature homes representing different countries.
Woodward Millhouse: Tour an 1860s recreated mill with a functioning waterwheel located on Lake Severin. By appointment only.
Midway Village Museum Member may visit the Victorian Village or Main Museum Center for free as a part of their membership.
Midway Village Museum is located on Rockford’s east side just 2 miles from the I-90 State Street exit. Parking is free. There are picnic areas on the campus, rest rooms are available and a Museum Gift Store to purchase a keepsake souvenir or gifts.
Questions? Please call 815-397-9112.