Current Exhibits


Lost Chicagoland Department Stores
October 6, 2023 - January 28, 2024

Take a nostalgic trip back to the heyday of Chicago area department stores like Marshall Field's, Sears, Carson Pirie Scott, and more. Learn about the eclectic history of these iconic retailers through an array of artifacts, images, video, and memorabilia. Exhibit collaborator, historian, and author Leslie Goddard will share many fascinating stories and items from popular city and suburban department stores of the past. A perfect intergenerational experience for the holidays. Sponsored by: Brixmor, Community Bank of Elmhurst, Feze Roofing, Lakeside Bank, Rotary Club of Elmhurst and Storino, Ramello & Durkin Attorneys at Law.


By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

NEW UPDATES! Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative, award-winning 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 second floor gallery is home to a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with many interactive displays, artifact towers, rare collection photos, and more. View the newly updated exhibit introduction that documents the early history of the Native cultures that populated the Elmhurst area before the arrival of European settlers. In our mini-theatre, select from a menu of video options including a documentary on Elmhurst history and the story of the Churchville One-Room Schoolhouse. Check out the changing History Spotlight and a feature about the Glos Family and Glos Mansion in the 2nd floor hallway. Sponsored by: Elmhurst Heritage Foundation.