Current Exhibits

Open through August 18, 2024

Victory at Home: 1941-1945

Spurred by the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States entered the Second World War. President Roosevelt urged every citizen to answer the call to fight, whether overseas or at home. The exhibition, Victory at Home: 1941-1945, explores the national effort to support the military during the war. This resilient and steadfast generation of civilians helped lead the Allies to victory through united efforts such as rationing, women in the workforce, increased war production, purchasing war bonds, and so much more. These efforts taught Americans how to economize, to alleviate the domestic hardships and mental fatigue a nation at war often experiences. The exhibition includes compelling artifacts, photographs, and interactive audio-video stations with hands-on experiences to demonstrate the significant contribution Chicagoland residents, including those in Elmhurst, had on the home front effort.


Ongoing Exhibit

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.