Exhibitions

Located in the heart of downtown on Third Street, the Geneva History Museum offers a 3,000 square-foot Main Gallery, Geneva’s Story, a 950 square-foot feature gallery that changes each year.  Children's Gallery Exhibitions offered each summer.

Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM (Closed on Mondays, holiday weekends, and the month of January for inventory.)

Feature Gallery

A Fox River Testimony: Select Works by Joel Sheesley

Thru May 24, 2019

An exhibition comprised of select oil paintings depicting the Fox River watershed by plein air and studio artist Joel Sheesley — painted over a two-year period in all seasons — from West Dundee to Ottawa where the Fox River joins the Illinois River. Sheesley positions landscape art as a means to deepen our experience and appreciation of nature.  This exhibition is done in partnership with The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative.

Joel Sheesley, emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, is a painter whose current work focuses on the landscape. He has been a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship, has exhibited work in Chicago galleries and had a solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. His work has also been exhibited widely in university galleries.

The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative is an environmental education and outreach program about the Fox River and the Fox Valley. Through “Art of the Fox” the foundation hopes to broaden interest in the health of the Fox River by appealing to the river’s aesthetic value. Original paintings, giclée prints of selected works and an exhibit catalogue of Joel’s work and writings are available for purchase through The Conservation Foundation.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and Geneva Foundation for the Arts.

COMING June 14 Kane County Juried Art Show, a thematically diverse exhibition celebrating Kane County's cultural heritage.

Fox River Island Park Geneva Web
Fox River Island Park - Geneva
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Fox River Flood

Main Gallery

Geneva's Story

Geneva’s story is all around us. It is shaped by the river, connected by the railroad, advanced by development, and enhanced by people who visit or call it home. Chapter by chapter, discover our evolving community. We invite you to hear stories, explore objects, and share memories. Explore oral histories, videos and more images on four iPad stations or sit and relax in the Fargo Theater to discover more of Geneva’s rich history.

Children's Gallery

Let's Play Railway!

Coming June 15 - August 17

Little engineers can enjoy a pretend ride in this traveling exhibit's life-size engine, cattle wagon and caboose.

The hands-on activities in Let's Play Railway! promote early math and literacy. They encourage children to solve problems and interact with others as they communicate, share and take turns. This exhibit features buttons, sound effects, puzzles, play tables and much more! Recommended for children ages 3 to 8 years old.

Sponsored locally by the Fabyan Foundation.

Special Story Times June 26, July 19 and August 6

Let's Play Railway! and logos are trademarks of Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Inc. All rights reserved. Let's Play Railway! was developed by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Belong to Geneva's Story

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