We thought a Saturday afternoon in the summer when no village events were scheduled would be a good time to take the grandkids to see the museum and the village. Not being tour type people and having young short-attentioned kids, we thought we would self-guide ourselves through. Upon entering the village, we were told that we could walk around, but if a building was open, we were not to go in (except if we take the tour) due to a couple of weddings going on and the buildings were rented (?).
The Doll House was, however, open and we toured that. The doll houses from all over the world were interesting, but the building smelled like a cat litter box.
Tip - be sure to bring a flashlight as the doll houses and many of the displays in the museum are too dark to see.
The museum does the history very well. The city of Rockford's path from manufacturing mega-giant to sock monkey salesman was a bit sad for this native Rockfordian, but very well displayed with the inventions and the stories of the men who built these inventions into industries known throughout the world.
How the men and women settled the area, the hardships, successes, and how it grew created an interesting story.
The grounds and setting are beautiful and well worth the visit on their own. Walks can be taken without paying the admission charges.
I may be a bit harsh here in my critique, and I suppose Midway Village, like the rest of Rockford, is suffering from the lack of capital that comes from declining economic activity.