Current Exhibits

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THE ELMHURST HISTORY MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY OPEN WITH NEW VISITATION POLICIES IN PLACE.
ONLINE RESERVATIONS AND FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. Make a reservation here.
QUESTIONS: Call us at 630-833-1457


TEMPORARY EXHIBIT
NEW! The Great Midwestern Road Trip
June 26-October 11, 2020

Pack up the station wagon and take a nostalgia-fueled journey exploring the history of the classic Midwest summer vacation after World War II through the 1970s. Explore the iconic destinations Chicago area families visited and see what they encountered along the way—from roadside attractions and tourist traps to memorable resorts, restaurants, and more. The exhibit features vacation photos and video, scrapbooks, kitschy souvenirs, road signs, travel gear and more. Play road trip bingo, and take a 1940s vacation personality quiz.
Sponsored by:  Community Bank of Elmhurst and Feze Roofing

POP-UP EXHIBITS Celebrating the 19th Amendment's 100th Anniversary


Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
August 19-September 20, 2020


2nd Floor Gallery
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is
 a small-scale poster exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Services. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by exploring the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today. Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, “Votes for Women” seeks to expand understanding of the suffrage movement in the U.S.

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote
August 19-September 20, 2020

On side lawn near Glos Mansion front entrance
Visitors and passersby can view this four-panel exhibit from the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.Created to commemorate the passing of the 19th Amendment, “Rightfully Hers” highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women. This display is a smaller version of the full-scale exhibition on display this year at the National Archives Museum.

ONGOING ELMHURST HISTORY EXHIBIT

 

By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative exhibit that takes visitors on a journey of discovery exploring how the city has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The Museum’s entire second floor gallery has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with touch-screen displays, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. See the interactive tabletop map, rated as one of "50 Museum Marvels" by the Chicago Tribune (July 2017). View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre. Check out the changing History Spotlight and a feature about the Glos Family and Glos Mansion in the 2nd floor hallway.
Funding for this exhibit generously provided by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation.
Find out more: View an Elmhurst Time Travelers program on You Tube where museum staff takes viewers on a tour of this award-winning exhibit.

Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Hours: Sun, Tues-Fri 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: FREE