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.)

SPECIAL EVENING HOURS: 5 to 9 P.M. on Friday, December 6 for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk

Admission is FREE during the holidays from November 26 to December 21.

 

Exhibitions

FEATURE GALLERY: November 26 to December 21

Visit our gallery of Christmas trees decorated by local nonprofit organizations.  Vote for your favorite with your dollars here on our website or at the museum.  The top voted tree will receive all of the funds donated, the others will share their winnings with the Geneva History Museum.

Marvel at our 18th Century Neapolitan Créche display that was purchased from Italy in the 1930s by Kate Raftery, founder of The Little Traveler.  Learn the hidden meanings portrayed in this rare display of figures depicting townspeople, shepherds, wisemen and animals celebrating in different ways.

Special evening viewing of the trees and Créche during the Geneva Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 6.

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.

Education

School Groups

The Geneva History Museum Educator offers educational programs for school groups both at the Museum and in the classroom that coordinate with the Geneva school district curriculum.

Download our School Program Brochure for more information.

Local history field trips are available for second, third, fourth and fifth grades as well as high school. Program cost is $3 per student. Rental of a Traveling Trunk is $50 for one week and includes delivery and pickup.

For more information or to book a program, contact the Museum Educator at 630-232-4951 or email educator@genevahistorymuseum.org

Programs

BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES

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.

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GUIDED WALKING TOURS

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.

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EXHIBITION PROGRAMS

The museum offers several programs in the evenings and weekends to coordinate with the feature exhibition with guest speakers and portrayals of historic people.

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BIKE TOURS

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.

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GROUP PROGRAMS

(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.

Architecture*
Highlighting Geneva’s beautiful architecture.

Catalog Homes
View many of the Geneva homes ordered and built from kits.

Famous Geneva
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.

HerStory
Geneva women are responsible for many achievements.

Moved Houses*
How and why many homes have been moved.

Neighborhoods
Stories of buildings, homes, and people that make Geneva special – Downtown Historic District, East & North of the River, and Northern Historic District.

Our Story*
Explore the early history of Geneva from Native Americans to the early settlers.

Public Art
Murals, statues and sculptures, the artists who created them and why.

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SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS

Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Downtown Historic District highlighting 25 buildings with photos and a brief history. Available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop in a paper booklet version for $2 and also through the MustSee app on iPads and iPhones for $2.99

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GENEVA ON WHEELS

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. 

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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!