Midway Village Museum

This museum and living history village preserve the history of the Rockford County area. The village represents Illinois life at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century and features a general store, print shop, blacksmith, town hall, police station, and farm houses. A variety of educational tours are available for groups of all ages, ranging from general museum and village tours to those focusing on immigration and culture in Rockford and more. Interact with historically dressed interpreters, and participate in hands-on activities like rope making and operating a turn-of-the-century printing press.
 
Contact Info
Address: 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL 61107. Winnebago County. Tel: 815-397-9112. Email: cherie.bertsch@midwayvillage.com. Website: www.midwayvillage.com. Hrs: Vary by season.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.