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“An interesting way to step back in time.”

Midway Village & Museum Center
Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Rockford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: ➢ Midway Village Museum is an award-winning museum celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The museum is located just minutes off of Illinois I-90. A 148-acre museum campus, the setting offers a wonderful experience for visitors of all ages. ➢ As part of the museum campus, a Victorian-era Village is situated on 13 acres of the beautiful grounds which offers visitors the opportunities to learn about life as it was in the late 1890s-1910s. The grounds include 26 structures which create the Village and heritage gardens, all representing a rural community. During the months of May through August, interpreters in authentic period clothing lead tours and depict life and customs of the times. ➢ Permanent exhibits spanning more than 20,000 square feet highlights local Rockford and regional Illinois history. The construction continues on one of the largest museum expansions to date entitled, "Many Faces, One Community," an exhibit featuring immigrant stories. ➢ Exhibits also feature "Queen City of the Prairies," "The Girls of Summer," "The MIssing Link: Socks, Monkeys and Rockford's Industrial Past," "Flight Gallery," "Old Dolls' House Museum," and signature "Millhouse," standing at the front entrance to the museum's property. ➢ Hours Vary Seasonally View the website for complete details. ➢ Visitors Enjoy . Seasonal Victorian Village Tours with year-round Exhibits in the Main Museum Center . Award-winning Special Events including the largest World War II Re-enactment in the Midwest . Educational Bus Trips to Interesting History Destinations . Year-round Exhibits relating to Rockford and Northern Illinois history . History Education Programs to Public and Private Schools . Summer Day Camps . Memberships . Beautiful Ambiance for Rentals . Volunteer Opportunities . Sponsorship Opportunities . Heritage Garden Guided Tours - Reservations Required and call in-advance
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
702 reviews
509 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 843 helpful votes
“An interesting way to step back in time.”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

PROS: informative indoor exhibits ( they have a plane and a train depot inside); picturesque village outdoors with a church, hospital, fire station, general store, bank, hotel, school, barn, blacksmith and other period houses on the premises. There is a beautiful walking path beside the village that is regularly utilized people around the neighborhood.

CONS: none.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Big_bro_1_usa
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Madison, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Historic Rockford”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

If you want to know and see what Rockford of yesteryear was like, this is the place to go. Even as a long-time resident of the area, I learned something new. Be aware that if you plan on visiting the village (guided tour to see the insides) that the path around it is gravel, which isn't so great for wheelchairs or non-jogging strollers. Since these are historic buildings, they aren't all accessible so plan accordingly. The museum has special programs (WWII days and vintage baseball games) that are highly recommended and worth checking out.

Visited July 2013
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Rockford, Illinois, United States
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very informative”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

The buildings and history is great. It is an interactive outdoor museum that everyone can enjoy. The special programs that are put on are just great. Fun time for everyone over 4 years of age

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Leslie M
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Rockford, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Old Time Buildings”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

I took a group of students here on a field trip. There are staff here dressed period clothing. You will find a bank here that was ones of the few banks in the area that servived the depression, The Holcomb Bank. I know that the Village has many demos, from Civil War and WWII re-inactments during the years. It is a nice place to go if you are into history.

Visited August 2012
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Rockford, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Midway Village, great little Museum.”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

If you want to step back in time or just look at farm equipment to the all girls famous Rockford Peaches Baseball team, this is the place for you. When you are done with the indoor exhibits, take the tour of the" old town". You will go way back in time with the houses, school building, church,the old grocery store and much more. Dont forget to walk through the old mill.
It is an experience you wont forget and will enjoy.
The visitors gift shop has, the Sock Monkeys know to Rockford and Rockford Peaches memorabilia. Spend time and shop for keep sakes.
There is pleanty of parking and handicap accessable.
Downside: its not cheap...watch for special events and community days and get in free to much lower prices.

Visited September 2012
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