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.

Admission includes two museum galleries - $5/adult; $2/ages 3-10

FREE Tuesdays

FREE for Museum Members

Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays

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 five iPad stations or sit and relax in the Fargo Theater to discover more of Geneva’s rich history. NEW Story Booth where you can listen to or record your Geneva stories, play the first Apple software graphic games on an Apple IIe computer, and pose in front of our neon selfie wall .

Feature Gallery

Now through December 23

Viking's Voyage

A 19th century ship's journey from Norway to Illinois

In collaboration with Friends of the Viking Ship.

The Viking ship was built in 1892 in Norway as a replica of the ancient Viking ship Gokstad. In 1893 the Viking sailed from Norway to Chicago and survived an incredibly long and dangerous nonstop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to become one of the greatest attractions at the World’s Columbian Exposition.

The ship was presented to the Field Museum and sat in dry dock alongside the museum. Later it was relocated to Lincoln Park and placed under a fenced-in wooden shelter. 

In 1993, when the Lincoln Park Zoo expanded, the ship was moved to West Chicago and secured under a canopy. Two years later it was moved to Good Templar Park in Geneva and in 2012 trusteeship was signed over to Friends of The Viking Ship (FOVS). FOVS continues to facilitate the preservation of the ship, provides group tours, and advocates for its preservation and a future permanent museum.

Come explore the story of this replica ship that is the largest surviving display artifact of the 1893 Columbian Exposition and holds more than twenty-five years of Geneva history. This is the first time the newly restored nine-foot-tall dragon head and tail of the ship will be on display and recently named Freya.

Admission is FREE for museum members, $5 per adult, $2 for children (3-10), seniors (65+), and students and includes the Main Gallery, “Geneva’s Story.” Adult visitors will receive a coupon for $2 off a guided tour of the Viking Ship. Visit VikingShip.us for tour schedule.

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!