Current Exhibits

The Elmhurst History Museum is currently open in alignment with recent Illinois Dept. of Health COVID mitigation guidelines.

  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Online reservations are required and should be made prior to your visit...MAKE A RESERVATION 

  • LIMITED CAPACITY: Visits are limited to one hour, maximum of 5 people per group and 15 patrons per hour.

  • SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: All visitors are required to wear face masks, use hand sanitizing stations and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance at all times.



Together We Cannot Fail: Overcoming the Great Depression

Open through May 2, 2021  
Reservations Required: Make a reservation on Eventbrite

At the conclusion of his first radio address to the nation in March of 1933, newly-installed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told Americans: “Together we cannot fail.” How did Chicago area suburbs like Elmhurst and other towns meet the Depression’s challenges that loomed like a dark cloud in the midst of the worst economic crisis in U.S. history? Find out how the nation and local communities pulled together to support one another while the economy mended and the country regained its footing. Learn about federal programs, including the WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps. See rare video footage of a 1936 centennial parade in Elmhurst, artifacts from the 1938-39 Century of Progress Exposition, a turn-of-the-century stock ticker, photographs of a local CCC encampment and much more. Sponsored by: Feze Roofing

Note: During the run of this exhibit, we are collecting canned goods to support the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry. Please bring a canned good with you when you visit the museum and deposit it in the collection bin in the gallery. DOWNLOAD a flyer with suggested items that are most needed. Thank you for your support!



By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

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 is home to a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with many interactive displays, fascinating artifact towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre. Check out the changing History Spotlight and a feature about the Glos Family and Glos Mansion in the 2nd floor hallway.
Funding for this exhibit generously 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 award-winning exhibit.

Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Hours: SUN, TUES-FRI 1-5 p.m.; SAT 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Mondays) 
Admission: FREE