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.
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.
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.
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.