Plan Your Visit
Located in the heart of downtown on Third Street, the Geneva History Museum offers a Main Gallery, “Geneva’s Story,” a feature gallery that changes throughout the year, research facilities, climate controlled storage for collections and artifacts and a Gift Shop with unique Geneva items and souvenirs.
Plan a visit to attend one of our educational programs and events or just stop in to see whats new. There is always something going on at the Geneva History Museum.
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM (Closed on Mondays, holiday weekends, and the month of January for inventory.)
Admission includes both the Main & Feature Galleries: $3/Person, $2/Children Ages 3-10, FREE/Museum Members
Children's Gallery Exhibition each summer.
FEATURE GALLERY: February 2 - May 24
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.
COMING June 14 - Kane County Juried Art Exhibition, a thematically diverse exhibition celebrating Kane County's cultural heritage.
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 EXHIBITION: 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.
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.
12 PM the second Tuesday of each month, September – May
Join us during the lunch hour for a 45-minute program on a different topic each month. Bring a lunch and we will supply cookies and coffee. Registration is recommended and admission is $5 for adults, $3 for Museum Members.
Museum staff offers guided walking tours with stories of the people and places of Geneva. 50% non-refundable downpayment required at time of booking. Minimum 5 people, $10/person, includes admission to the Museum, and a Goodie Bag full of Geneva Shopping and Dining Offers. Choose your route: Architecture, Cemetery, or Downtown Historic District. Call 630-232-4951 to schedule.
Museum staff offers guided bike tours with stories of the people and places of Geneva. 50% non-refundable downpayment required at time of booking. Minimum 5 people, $25/person with bike rental, $15/person with own bike, includes admission to the Museum, and a Goodie Bag full of Geneva Shopping and Dining Offers.
(Download our Group Program & Tour Brochure.) Have the Museum come to you! The following 45-minute programs include a photographic display and stories from the archives presented by Museum staff. Programs can also be given at the Museum. $10/person, flat rate of $100 for groups of 10 or more. *Can be adapted for ages 8 and up, followed by a child-friendly activity. Call 630-232-4951 to book your Group Program.
About the Geneva History Museum
Learn about our services, programs, upcoming exhibitions and events.
Highlighting Geneva’s beautiful architecture.
View many of the Geneva homes ordered and built from kits.
Famous people that have visited and residents who became famous.
Geneva Crimes & Criminals
The darker side of Geneva’s history from the 1800s to the present.
Hats Off to Geneva!*
The history of hats and Geneva’s millinery greats.
Geneva women are responsible for many achievements.
How and why many homes have been moved.
Stories of buildings, homes, and people that make Geneva special – Downtown Historic District, East & North of the River, and Northern Historic District.
Explore the early history of Geneva from Native Americans to the early settlers.
Murals, statues and sculptures, the artists who created them and why.
Explore Geneva in comfort and hear stories of people and places told by a personal guide of the Geneva History Museum. Choose your transportation: Museum staff can Hop On your tour bus, we can rent a 10-13 person High-Top Van or a 30-person Trolley and guide a 45-minute route of your choice.