Upcoming Exhibits

House & Home
From the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

April 7-May 25, 2017

Elmhurst History Museum presents House & Home, a national traveling exhibit from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  The exhibit features a kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films that takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to be at home in America. The exhibition features "please-touch" walls made out of different materials used in residential construction over time, from adobe bricks to Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) systems. Intricate scale models present iconic residential architecture including Fallingwater and Chicago’s Hancock Center. Three sets of specially commissioned films featuring contemporary and historical images round out the experience. House & Home tells a full range of stories about the history of the American home. Designed by the award-winning New York-based firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the exhibition is an immersive experience in which the galleries come alive with objects, photographs, and sound.

This exhibit is sponsored locally by Elmhurst 255 Downtown Apartments and L.W. Reedy Real Estate.

This exhibit has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. House & Home was organized by the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance.

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