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.

Exhibitions

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.

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

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

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 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.

Special Story Times June 26July 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.

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!