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Midway Village Museum

6799 Guilford Road
815-397-9112

Our Mission:

Midway Village Museum, the best institution for 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.

Our History:

Midway Village Museum was organized in 1968 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.

In 1972, the original museum site was located on eleven acres donated by the Severin Family; today the site is 137 acres.  The original 10,000 sq. ft. Museum Center facility opened in 1974.  The Industrial Gallery opened in 1976.  In 1986 the Exhibition Hall was built to link the previous two buildings together.  In 1988, more galleries were opened, including the Aviation Gallery and the Carlson Education Gallery.  Across the parking lot, the Old Dolls’ House Museum was opened that same year.  Today, the 52,700 sq. ft Museum Center houses seven exhibition galleries, collections storage, classrooms, workrooms, administrative offices, library, audio-visual room, and the Museum Store.  The 2000 renovation of the History Building made the facility handicap accessible and made the Museum Center more visitor friendly.  The collections have grown to over 110,000 objects, including three-dimensional pieces, structures, textiles, and archival material.

The development of Midway Village began in 1974.  The Village is representative of a typical rural town in Northern Illinois at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.  Midway Village features 26 historical structures, including a general store, hardware store, print shop, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, town hall, police station, plumbing shop, bank, hotel, hospital, fire station, church, barber shop, law office, two barns, and four farm houses.



Reviews

Suzy Chiappetta

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Midway Village is a great place to learn about American History. They cater to schools for field trips and have recreated a working Victorian village there with many buildings in it: a blacksmith's shop, Newspaper print shop, a general store, a one room schoolhouse, etc. It's got a few different events throughout the year that represent different time periods. Example: WW2, Civil War, etc. I have been there several times, but only during Civil War days. There are many things to see besides the little village as they set up stations around the property with different actors in period costume to teach children about life and war during America's history. Everything is interactive. Kids get to help fire a cannon (very cool!), learn how to march in ranks, how to wield a sabre (wooden), enlist in the military, and a multitude of other things. In all the times I've been there I've never made it to every station I wanted to within the time frame I was there. (Usually about 4 hours with a short lunch break in there.) One of their best offerings is a headline speaker that talks to the kids as a historical figure. The man they have doing Abraham Lincoln is AMAZING. I could go and listen to him speak as Lincoln for hours. And he looks exactly like him. Well worth the hour bus ride for our field trips!! I enjoy it every year.

Brad Sherman

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Excellent museum on the history of Rockford. Rooms are available for rent at $50 an hour on weekdays and nights but there is a 4 hour minimum. Weekends are a available for wedding receptions at a higher rate. The rooms and restroom facilities are very clean and there is a kitchen available. Chairs, tables, and audio visual equipment is provided. You must use an approved outside caterer. We used ABC Catering and they were quite affordable with a friendly staff. There is an external barn set up for weddings. In warmer months, Midway Village has an area of historic buildings from old Rockford. The indoor museum features info on the manufacturing history of Rockford. Big emphasis on the socks that are used to make Sock Monkeys. There is a small gift shop featuring nostalgic candies and of course, sock monkeys!

maddie voorhis

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Friday, May 11, 2018
This place was very cool! If you are a history junkie this is the place for you. The performers were very lifelike and believable. My group saw a performance from one woman who came to be a woman traveling through the underground railroad. You can really imagine what she was saying. Although it is definitely targeted toward younger kids I think anyone could have a really lovely time here.

Carly Siriann

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
My kids learn a lot about history here. The guests are well behaved and the museum staff is kind. The history is mostly local but it also shows how our local history impacted the rest of the nation. My kids enjoy the fun aspects such as the sock monkeys or learning about traditions from the past.

Noel Castro

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Took my son for a school assignment on WWII. Enjoyed the interactions with the folks there. Layout felt as though you are really stepping back in time. Well worth the trip.

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