Museum Collections Department

Our Collections Department

Collections DepartmentSince 1974 Midway Village Museum has been collecting artifacts and documents that record Rockford history. Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 150,000 objects which are used for exhibits, educational programs, and research.

The Museum’s collection of artifacts include

  • 15,000 photographs of Rockford people, places and activities
  • Books, maps, and documents related to Rockford life
  • Furniture and other products made by local manufacturers
  • Historical clothing and accessories
  • Agricultural implements
  • Household objects such as stoves, carpet sweepers, and dishware
  • Toys and sports equipment
  • Wood and metal working tools
  • And much more!

Check out our Collections Blog for an in-depth look at some of our artifacts!

The Collections Department is responsible for…

  • The care and preservation of the artifacts in the collection and the documentation of them.
  • Reviewing artifacts being offered to the museum for their appropriateness to the collection. More »
  • Assisting members of public with historical research and access to the Museum’s collections. More »
  • Offering information to the public on the proper care of historical objects. More »
  • Special programs offering up-close experiences with the Museum’s artifacts. More »

For assistance feel to contact Tiffany Arnold, Assistant Curator of Collections at 815-397-9112, ext. 117 or

Midway Village is on Historypin!

Historypin is an website that allows for individuals and institutions to upload historical images.  The Collections Department at Midway Village is happy to announce that we are now a part of this great initiative. The images pinned are all a part of our fantastic collection of photographic and postcard resources, and if you click below, the link will guide you to our page. These images can help with research on the Rockford area, and if you are interested in any of the images, please go to our research page here.

See what We've pinned on Historypin

Midway Village Education Guide Midway Village 2015-2016 Education Guide
Put our local history resources to work in your classroom!
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Home Schooling Programs History RockfordHome Schooling Services
New history education programs for home-schooled students!
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Rockford Peaches Baseball GiftsMuseum Signature Store
We're your source for unique Rockford gifts!
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How to Get Here

Take I-90 to the State St / US-20 Business (Clock Tower) Exit. Take the ramp toward Rockford. Stay straight to go onto US-20 E State St. Turn RIGHT onto STATE ST. Turn RIGHT onto PERRYVILLE RD. Turn LEFT onto GUILFORD RD. Turn left into the museum driveway.

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Contact Us

Midway Village Museum
6799 Guilford Road
Rockford IL 61107

P 815-397-9112
F 815-397-9156