Upcoming 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.

Victory at Home: 1941-1945
March 1 - August 18, 2024

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 Elmhurst, had on the home front effort.

Chicagoland Movie Palaces: A Century of Follies & Film
September 6, 2024 – January 5, 2025

In honor of York Theatres' 100 years in business, the Elmhurst History Museum proudly announces their Fall 2024 exhibition, "Chicagoland Movie Palaces: A Century of Follies & Film." This exhibit will delve into the early days of vaudeville and the golden age of motion picture theatres through historical photographs, performance and film artifacts, historical publications and advertisements, and archival films. They will also explore how the shared experience of going to the movie theater has changed through advances in movie magic, diverse storytelling, and the rise of streaming platforms. The exhibit will highlight the importance of York Theatre's centennial celebration with a special section on the famous performances and films that have made a splash on the iconic marquee in Elmhurst since 1924.

See our CURRENT EXHIBITS page to learn more about exhibitions now on display.