Visitor Information

Interactive Learning - Many Faces Exhibit - Rockford History

Main Museum Center
Open Year Round

Touch Friendly Exhibits Your Main Museum Center Visit

We welcome you to Midway Village Museum and our Main Museum Center. Inside the 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.

Book Your Tour

Advance ticket purchases are not required. You may also purchase your admissions when arriving to the museum at the Front Desk of the Main Museum Center.

Tour Days

Midway Village Museum is currently open from 10 am until 4 pm on and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and closed on Mondays.

Immigrant Home - Parlor - Rockford ILSelf-Guided Tours of the Main Museum Center Exhibits

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.

2022 Free/Donations Days

January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 1 – Sunday Date!
May 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 15 – Monday Date 815 Day in Rockford!
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30
December 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesdays are Free/Donation Days for the Self-Guided Tours of the Main Museum Center exhibits.

When you arrive to the museum, check in at the Front Desk to begin your visit. You can also browse the Gift Store for unique gift items to purchase.


Hours of Operations (Summer)
June 3 - August 28

Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll's House and Museum Store:

Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm

Victorian Village Guided Tours:

Monday - Friday: By Appointment
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

Weekend Living History Experience:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

Admissions

Main Museum Center Exhibits

$8 Adults, $6 Child (ages 5-12), $7 Senior (age 62+)
Midway Museum Members are Free & Children ages 0-4 are Free

Victorian Village Guided Tours & Main Museum Center

$10 Adults, $10 Child (ages 5-12), $11 Senior (age 62+)
Midway Museum Members are Free & Children ages 0-4 are Free

The museum is closed these holidays: New Year’s Day, January 1; Easter, April 4; Thanksgiving, Nov 25; Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 & amp;Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The museum also closes at Noon the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.

Midway Village Museum outdoor special events are rain or shine with no refunds on admissions. No pets are allowed on the grounds. Midway Village Museum is a smoke free campus.

There is also no drone photography allowed.


Visiting at another time of the year? Download our 2022 Calendar of Events...

2022 Calendar of Events

2022 Calendar of Events

The Calendar of Events details the hours of operation throughout the year, scheduled dates and topics of this year’s favorite signature museum special events, programs and fundraisers. This PDF document is 8-1/2" x 14" page size, 518 KB.

Download Calendar of Events


Inside The Main Museum Center

As A Visitor You Will View The Permanent Exhibits Featuring Thousands of Artifacts Related To History

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.

Other Rockford History ExhibitsThe 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.

The Main Museum Center opens at 10 am Wednesday through Sundays. If you have any questions about our hours of operations, please call 815-397-9112. You may purchase your admission when arriving at the museum. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance, however you may choose to do so. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

Midway Village is located at 6799 Guilford Road in Rockford. Parking is free and adjacent to the Main Museum Center building which is situated on the right side of the campus as you enter the grounds.

Location Map