Elmhurst Museum Day returns on May 15

Museum Day has been a longstanding tradition in Elmhurst for 25 years, when the town recognizes the many positive contributions its local museums make to the cultural fabric of the community.

Each May, the museums of Elmhurst come together to open their doors for the free Museums Day celebration.

After a two-year hiatus, the Elmhurst Art Museum and Elmhurst History Museum are back and ready to welcome guests of all ages for Elmhurst Museum Day 2022 on Sunday 15th May from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to park at one location and walk or board the free trolley to explore the exhibits and participate in free family activities at each museum.

A limited number of free parking spaces are available at each venue and in nearby Elmhurst City parking garages. Both museums are located a few blocks from the Elmhurst Metra Station (Union Pacific West Line). Here are some of the activities planned for this year’s event:

• Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., elmhurshistory.org or (630) 833-1457

Walk through the history of northern Illinois native cultures through the “People of the Prairie: 12,000 Years in DuPage County” exhibit and explore “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst.” Outside on the museum grounds, under a tent, visitors will meet special guests from Midwest SOARRING who will share their vibrant culture through Indigenous storytelling, dance, drumming and music, as well as a ceremony reconnaissance of the land (around 1 p.m.). Get to know the “Musée de l’Isle à la Cache” by stopping at their 18th century fur trading post where children can become a “Traveller for a day”. Children can make a pearl necklace (while supplies last). Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to sit in the tent.


• Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Avenue, elmhurstartmuseum.org or (630) 834-0202

Explore the rare house designed by Mies van der Rohe located in Wilder Park where guests can take part in two hands-on art activities and view the main exhibits, “Houses of Tomorrow: Keck’s Solar Houses to Today” and “Jan Tichy: Reflectance.” The temporary exhibit, “Diversity of Thought,” will also be featured with works by local teens from the creative.unity mentorship program who will be on hand for an artist talk.

Join the cultural collaboration and celebration known as Elmhurst Museum Day. For the latest information on the event, visit the museum’s websites at elmhurshistory.org or elmhurstartmuseum.org or call (630) 833-1457.

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