View suggested changes to the Geneva History Museum Bylaws to be discussed at the Annual Members Only Meeting on December 11.

Viking's Voyage

Open thru December 23

18th Century Crèche Display

Open thru December 23

Vote for your favorite tree & nonprofit

November 21 - January 1, 2024

Annual Members Only Meeting

5 PM, Monday, December 11

Donor Spotlight

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

Feature Exhibition Coming Soon!

Saving Fabyan's Legacy: The Darlene Larson Story

February 10 - December 21, 2024

Win this Diamond & Ruby Necklace

Donated by State Street Jewelers

The Dragon Has A Name!

Results of the Viking Ship dragon head naming contest

Become a Museum Sponsor

Includes a coupon in our swag bag

New Neon Selfie Wall

Take your picture in our gallery


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


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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NEW! Play a video game on an Apple IIe Computer

Did you know that the first apple graphics software was created in Geneva? Penguin Software was the company started by Mark Pelczarski in his Geneva home. They were the creators of early gaming software such as Transylvania, Magic Paintbrush, Pie Man, and the Complete Graphics System. Our main gallery exhibition, Geneva’s Story was recently updated…
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Geneva History Museum Receives Highest National Recognition 

Awarded Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums  The Geneva History Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Geneva History Museum is the first in Kane…
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