Current Exhibits

On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond

November 14, 2019-March 29, 2020

Take a journey through 170 years of railroading history, from Chicago to Elmhurst and beyond! Explore the many ways the railroads carved out the suburban landscape as we know it today, and how people in the area experienced the railroad as both passengers and employees. View a wide array of interesting artifacts including vintage telegraph equipment, dining car china from the C&NW "400" line, a conductor's uniform and lantern, a steam engine bell and whistle. See the original 1894 Elmhurst train station sign, rare photos and maps, plus scale models of train stations locomotives and railroad cars.Kids will love the engaging hands-on learning stations including a wooden train play area, working telegraph, and track switching game.
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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