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House & Home
April 7-

May 25, 2017

1st Floor Gallery

What makes a house a home? Examine the variety of American answers to this question in this traveling exhibit from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., making its Midwest debut. House & Home embarks on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, to explore the varied history and many cultural meanings of the American home. A kaleidoscopic array of photographs, household objects, intricate scale models, and film tell the story of the American home, and the exhibit’s interactives invite exploration of residential construction materials over time. The exhibit is made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ NEH on the Road initiative, organized by the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. and toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Local sponsors: L.W. Reedy Real Estate and Elmhurst 255 Downtown Apartments
Read more about it: Daily Herald article April 6, 2017

Praise for House & Home

"…the show explores how the American dream of homeownership has played out over the years, in consumer artifacts...and models of architectural milestones, culminating in a double-screen immersion into architect-designed spaces."—The New York Times

"House & Home...explores a subject so wide and so fundamental to American life that it inevitably touches the pleasure buttons of nostalgia."—The Washington Post

"House & Home will take an expansive look at what it means to be at home in America."—The Huffington Post

Supporting DuPage Pads: During the run of the “House & Home” exhibit, Elmhurst History Museum is collecting much-needed items for DuPage Pads, an organization committed to ending homelessness in DuPage County by coupling housing with supportive services and employment. To support this cause, the museum is encouraging exhibit visitors to contribute the following household and personal items from their needs list. A collection box will be in the Elmhurst History Museum gift shop. For more information, go to Thank you for your support.


By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

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.