Here’s a list of area museums and and their upcoming exhibits:


Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels

Big Ten Experience

Western Suburbs

Billy Graham Center

Cantigny Park
The Robert R. McCormick Museum and the First Division Museum ar located here.

Center for History
The Wheaton Baseball Hall of Fame is located here.

Cernan Earth and Space Center
Triton College

DuPage Children’s Museum
The Bubble Bash, a toddler-friendly New Year’s celebration, takes place on 12/31, themed “Under the Sea,” from 9 a.m.-noon.

Elmhurst Art Museum
“Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979” runs through 8/28, as does “New American Paintings: Midwest Edition.” “Art of Science Learning Exhibition” runs through 9/18. For the fall season “BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art” runs 9/10-11/27, includes “Birth Death Breath,” an inflatable opera “performed” by Christmas lawn decorations.

Elmhurst History Museum
“But Wait, There’s More!: The Irresistible Appeal & Spiel of Ronco & Popeil” runs through 9/18, and The exhibit “In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin” looks at a female architectural pioneer who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright from 10/7-3/12.

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace & Museum

Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden
2001 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva (Cultural/Historic Sites)
Open 5/1-10/15, this Kane County home (remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1907), is a historic home. Site is open Wednesdays-Sundays for private tours.

Fischer Farms
Believed to be one of the oldest remaining homesteads in DuPage County, this five-acre site was first established in 1838. Set in a forest preserve with prairie, wetland and woodland elements, it’s a good place to enjoy nature and history. Open Wednesdays-Saturdays.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
The long-time residence of America’s most renowned architect is open daily for guided interior tours.

Graue Mill and Museum
Graue Mill is the only operating waterwheel gristmill in Illinois, and one of only three authenticated Underground Railroad sites in the state. The museum closes for the season on 11/6, but the Christmas at the Mill Holiday Boutique takes place 11/11-11/13.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art presents the beauty of stone in the form of art objects, mineral specimens, gems and gem materials. Films and family events take place throughout the year; the museum is closed Mondays but Fridays are free.

Naper Settlement
This museum village of 19th-century homes, shops and public buildings exhibits a collection of historical facts and furnishings. Oktoberfest continues 10/1, and All Hallows Eve – with 12 acres of eerie entertainment, is 10/14-10/15. Other events this month include Wednesday Walking Club weekly, “Stories in Stone: A First-Person Cemetery Walk” on 10/8, Sheep Sunday on 10/9, “History Speaks: The Secret Life of Anne Bonny” on 10/9, and the Railroad Ramble Walking Tour through Naperville, 10/16. In November, look for Barn Raising: A Farm-to-table Experience on 11/5, Artifacts Uncovered on 11/6, “History Speaks: Mudslinging, Mudraking, and Apple Pie: Presidential Campaigns, the Great American Pastime” on 11/6, and the Weed Ladies Winter Floral Design Sale, 11/10-11/13. In December, a “History Speaks: Mrs. Claus” lecture takes place 12/14. Morton Arboretum is closed on holidays, including 12/23-1/2/17.

Oak Park Conservatory
The Oak Park Conservatory displays greenery from around the world.

Aurora’s interactive science and technology center offers over 200 hands-on exhibits.


Evanston History Center
The town of Evanston established this small private institution in 1898 to preserve and share local history.

Glenview Naval Air Station Museum
Dedicated to preserving the memory of those who served at Glenview’s naval air station.

Great Lakes Naval Museum
The Great Lakes Naval Museum shows the history of the Navy in the Great Lakes area. Photography and memorabilia are on display.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Current exhibits include “Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936” through 8/28, “Three Years, Eight Months, and Twenty Days: The Cambodian Atrocities and the Search for Justice,” through 10/16, and “We All Need Peace,” through 1/9/17,

Kohl Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
(847) 832-6600
The special exhibit “Animal Secrets” runs through 12/30.

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
The permanent collection contains strong holdings of 20th-century sculpture and 16th- to 21st-century works on paper displayed in the Print, Drawing, and Photography Study Center. Museum admission is free to all; closed Mondays. Current exhibitions are “Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera,” “Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Face: Mourning during the AIDS Crisis,” and “Salaam Cinema! 50 Years of Iranian Movie Posters, from 9/17-12/11.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
This small museum offers thousands of individual objects dedicated to the native cultures of the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast and Arctic regions of North America. On exhibit: “Pottery, a Timeless Tradition,” through September; also, “Contemporary Native Women Opening Doors to Change” and “Connecting Cultures: 40 Years at the Mitchell Museum,” both through June 2017. Check the website for events.


Fox River Trolley Museum
The museum operates a variety of antique trolleys, many from long-vanished tracks that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, Aurora and Yorkville. The museum operates on weekends only in October and the museum closes for the year on 10/30. the Pumpkin Trolley runs on 10/15-10/16 and 10/22-10/23, the ghost Story Train operates 10/15 and 10.22, and The Polar Express runs 11/20-12/18, weekends only.

Illinois Railway Museum
Relive the glory days of the railroad at this museum, which hosts one of the largest collections of railway equipment in the country. The museum is closed seasonally, but 10/1 is Bus Day, and the Happy Holiday Railway runs weekends from 11/26-12/18.

Volo Auto Museum
Now in its 50th year, the 30-acre Volo theme park boasts a collection of nearly 300 antique and famous cars displayed in five climate-controlled showrooms. The Volo Military History Museum includes dioramas of WWII, Vietnam and the latest exhibit on The Gulf War. Train rides, military displays, and three large antique malls are also located on site. Closed Mondays.

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