The Elmhurst History Museum proudly presents a diverse array of exhibits each year to fulfill our mission to engage people with history. From original exhibits created in-house by staff, to national touring exhibits from other institutions, as well as our ongoing core exhibit on Elmhurst history -- there's always something new to see and experience in our galleries!

2022 Exhibition Schedule


By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Experience Elmhurst history through an award-winning exhibit about how the city grew and developed over the its 165+ year history. The Museum's entire second floor is home to an innovative journey through Elmhurst's past that includes an eclectic array of artifacts from local businesses, residents and organizations, rare photographs, an interactive tabletop map, a documentary on Elmhurst history and lots more. MORE INFO

People of the Prairie: 12,000 Years in DuPage County

February 4-June 5, 2022

Since the end of the Ice Age, people have taken advantage of DuPage County’s location and natural environment to provide for the needs of their families and communities. Who were the people who called this area home before Illinois existed and what challenges did they face? Gain an understanding about the Native people who lived here from an archeological perspective and learn about how they lived, what they ate, and how they interacted with their neighbors.

Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods

June 24-October 2, 2022

Whether it's thin crust or deep dish, mustard or ketchup -- there's no doubt Chicagoans share a passionate appetite for iconic foods from the Windy City. Explore the history of many favorite Chicagoland specialties and the restaurants that served them, from corner hot dog stands and greasy spoons to classic steakhouses and pizza joints.  

In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in Our Communities
October 28, 2022-May 14, 2023 

Examine the diverse stories and experiences of area immigrants and their descendants as told through first-person accounts, photographs, treasured objects, video and more. Visitors will gain an understanding about DuPage County's growing diversity and the challenges immigrants face as they shape an evolving identity in this country.