Current Exhibits

TEMPORARY EXHIBIT
Freedom: A History of US
January 12-March 11, 2018

1st Floor Gallery 

The struggle for freedom in America has shaped every aspect of our country since its inception, and continues today in many ways unforeseen by our nation’s founders. The evolving concept of freedom and its pursuit is explored in this touring exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from our nation’s birth until 1968. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr. The exhibit will be supplemented with materials related to Elmhurst including a 1924 KKK rally flyer on loan from the National Park Service, manuscripts related to the Elmhurst Fair Housing Ordinance, and correspondence and medals from veterans during the Civil War and WWI eras.



ONGOING ELMHURST HISTORY EXHIBIT
By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst
2nd Floor Gallery 

Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative 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, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. See the interactive tabletop map, rated as one of "50 Museum Marvels" by the Chicago Tribune (July 2017). 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.