Current Exhibits

OPENING SOON! FALL 2016

In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin


October 7, 2

016-March 12, 2017


Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961) was one of America’s first woman architects, a Chicagoan also known as a skilled artist, environmentalist, and community activist. A central contributor to the Prairie School of Architecture, her drawings of the Unity Temple and many other projects introduced Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work to the world. Mahony Griffin was the first registered woman architect in Illinois who became a pioneer in architecture and community planning. A key member of Wright’s Oak Park Studio for 15 years, she and husband Walter Burley Griffin won the international design competition for Canberra, Australia’s national capital. This exhibition traces her early life, her personal and professional partnership with Griffin on three continents, the final years of her life in Chicago—and sheds light on the work and legacy of a Chicagoan of immense but often overlooked importance.

By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Ongoing-2nd Floor Gallery


Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative new 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, an interactive tabletop map, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre. Funding for this exhibit was 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 exciting new exhibit.