The Elmhurst History Museum proudly presents a diverse array of exhibits each year to fulfill our mission to engage people with history. From original exhibits created in-house by staff, to national touring exhibits from other institutions, as well as our ongoing core exhibit on Elmhurst history -- there's always something new to see and experience in our galleries!

2019 Exhibition Schedule


By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

The Museum's entire second floor has been transformed into an interactive, innovative exhibit taking visitors on a journey through Elmhurst's history over the past 165 years.

January 18-March 17, 2019
Heart's Desire: Reflections on Love and Marriage

Contemplate the power of love represented in unique and never-before-displayed 19th and 20th-century wedding gowns from the Elmhurst History Museum collection. The exhibit includes intricate and detailed valentines spanning 100+ years and other tokens of affection.

March 29-April 28, 2019

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844-2012  

Explore a collection of hard-working,powerful and influential political posters that have been employed in U.S. Presidential campaigns from the 19th to the 21st centuries. This national traveling exhibit from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and National Endowment for the Arts chronicles the intriguing art form of political posters showcasing the evolution of varied styles and eye-popping graphics created by first-time designers and famous artists alike.

May 17-August 18, 2019

Worlds of Wonder: Remembering Chicagoland's Amusement Parks

Take a nostalgic trip back in time to learn about Chicago's amusement parks, from the World Fairs to Riverview, Kiddieland, Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom, Santa's Village and so many more. Learn about the history of these iconic venues, the attractions and rides, and the legendary stories from many who visited Chicago area parks. Co-sponsored by Classic Cinemas/York Theatre, Suburban Bank & Trust and The Marke of Elmhurst by Opus.

September 6-October 20, 2019

The Power of Children: Making a Difference

Prepare to be inspired by this powerful national touring exhibit that shares the personal journeys of three children who made a difference in this world: Ruby Bridges, Anne Frank and Ryan White. Visitors will be touched and awed by their stories of passion and heroism shown by these young people during their lifetimes and beyond. Recommended for ages 8+. Created by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and originally presented by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

November 14, 2019-March 29, 2020

On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond

What role did the railroad play in putting Chicago suburbs on the map and expanding Chicago's reach beyond the Midwest? Find out in this new exhibit created by the EHM staff that explores the history of Chicago area railroads and the importance of national and regional railways past and present. The exhibit will consider the railroad's role in fostering a commuter culture in the city and suburbs.