Current Exhibits

Hometown Holiday: It's a Wonderful Life in Elmhurst

November 16, 2018-January 6, 2018

1st Floor Gallery 

Perhaps the most beloved of all holiday movies, "It's a Wonderful Life" has captured generations of American hearts with its depiction of George Bailey and his struggles in the small town of Bedford Falls. Experience the nostalgia and sentiment of this classic film through a private collection from Mr. Richard Goodson of rare memorabilia including lobby cards, rare photographs and collectibles. Learn about the making of the movie, the cast and what became of them, and much more. Additional seasonal objects from our collection will be on display, including handmade Christmas ornaments from Dresden, Germany and three original prints by former Elmhurst resident Lee Sturges, a well-known American artist and etcher.
Exhibit sponsored by: Lakeside Bank.


By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst
2nd Floor Gallery 

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 has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with touch-screen displays, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. See the interactive tabletop map, rated as one of "50 Museum Marvels" by the Chicago Tribune (July 2017). View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre. Funding for this exhibit was 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 exciting new 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. Admission: FREE