Children's Exhibition

June 15 - August 24

Historic House Tour

12 - 4 PM, Sunday, July 21

Visit four houses in downtown Geneva!

Feature Exhibition

Now thru December 21

Monthly Programs

2nd Tuesdays @ 2 PM

September - May

Take a Chicagoland Brews Cruise Tour

A guided tour with wine tastings and Geneva stories

Donor Spotlight

Sisters, Nancy Bell and Pat Kessler share their stories of volunteering and supporting GHM.

The Sterling Society

New museum's corporate partnership


Geneva History Museum is passionate about collecting, preserving and educating the community about Geneva’s rich history. Explore award-winning exhibitions with rare artifacts, participate in fascinating programs, and find unique Geneva gifts. Belong to Geneva’s story by supporting the Museum!


113 South Third Street

Geneva, IL 60134

Phone: 630-232-4951


Upcoming Events


The mission of the Geneva History Museum is to preserve and share Geneva's evolving story while inspiring and engaging the community. Join us!


The mission of the Geneva History Museum is to preserve and share Geneva’s evolving story while inspiring and engaging the community.

We will accomplish this by…

Collecting: Acquiring material on Geneva’s history in all forms from past to present.

Preserving: Caring for the artifacts in our collection for present and future generations.

Researching: Sharing our unique resources with researchers across the world.

Educating: Inspiring and engaging visitors through programs and exhibitions.


Admission $5/adult; $2/ages 3-10, students and seniors 65+

FREE for Museum Members & FREE Tuesdays!

Closed on Holiday weekends


Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11 A.M. - 4 P.M. FREE Tuesdays!

Wednesday: 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Thursday: 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Friday: 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Saturday: 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Sunday: Closed


2nd Tuesdays @ 2 PM

Starting in September 2024, the Geneva History Museum will offer monthly programs “2nd Tuesdays @ 2 PM” in place of the former Brown Bag Programs. The format of the programs will remain the same, with a 45-minute presentation on a different topic each month, just the time of day has changed to 2 PM instead…
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GHM Updates Code of Ethics

Ethical codes evolve in response to changing conditions, values and ideas. A professional code of ethics must, therefore, be periodically updated. It must also rest upon widely shared values. Although the operating environment of museums grows more complex each year, the root value for museums, the tie that connects all of us together despite our…
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Donor Spotlight

Nancy Bell & Pat Kessler “Never were there such devoted sisters…” Sisters, Nancy Bell and Pat Kessler grew up in Geneva. They volunteer weekly at the museum and are G.E.M.s – Giving Every Month. Nancy is a former board member and helps in the archives. Pat assists with the inventory of the collection. Why do…
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The Joshel Silos

If you were in Geneva before 1995 you recognize this photograph of the former Joshel silos along North River Lane. They were built in 1917 by Mayer Joshel for his coal and feed business on Hamilton Street. The coal dropped from “Hopper Gondolas” into a pit. From there, the coal was taken by bucket conveyer…
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Work at old Geneva cemetery uncovers headstones from city’s early history

CREDIT: By Linda Girardi, For Beacon-News It takes some hard labor and detective work, but volunteers working at the West Side Cemetery have discovered pieces of Geneva history that have not been seen for decades. For instance, Geneva History Museum volunteers recently uncovered an 1850s gravestone at the cemetery of a young girl named Kittie…
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Introducing Freya

The Geneva History Museum is pleased to announce the name of the dragon head from the 1892 Viking Ship is Freya. Freya is a girl’s name of Scandinavian origin, derived from Freyja. It means noble lady and shares its namesake with the mythical Freya, goddess of fertility, love and beauty. The name Freya was submitted…
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