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 traveling 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!

2016 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 1-February 14, 2016

Beer Chicago: A Refreshing History

Chicago's heady history related to the beer industry, from Chicago's early days to the craft beer industry of today.

March 19 - May 29, 2016

Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard
The rise of the mid-century suburban backyard is explored in this traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian in its Chicago-area debut.

June 17 - September 18, 2016

But Wait, There's More!: The Irresistible Appeal & Spiel of Ronco & Popeil
The story of Chicago's ultimate TV pitchmen, inventors and entrepreneurs comes to life through the personal collection of Chicago's cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

October 7, 2016 - March 12, 2017

In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin
The story of the Prairie School of Architecture's most important and overlooked figures...Frank Lloyd Wright's gifted, visionary illustrator and architect -- Marion Mahony Griffin.