Join us as local history lives on in a quaint home built in 1850's.
Known today as The Ethnic Heritage Museum it is here that you will find six fascinating galleries devoted to the primary immigrant groups that settled in southwest Rockford, IL. African-American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish.
Through displays of early Rockford area maps, everyday artifacts, vintage clothing and more, visitors of all ages can learn about Old World customs and traditions. Historical photographs tell the stories of the earliest settlers who established factories near the old "waterpower district" and built their homes nearby. By comparing early with current lifestyles, the museum strives to bridge the gap between yesterday and today ... encouraging visitors to relive the past with a clear focus on Rockford's bright future.
In 2016, the Ethnic Heritage Museum completed the Heritage Museum Park by purchasing the Graham-Ginestra House, built in 1857. The addition of this historical home ties in perfectly with the early settlers of southwest Rockford.
Guided tours are available on Sundays from 2-4pm. Additional tours may be scheduled during the week. If you would like more information on membership, room rentals, or request a private tour please call us at (815) 962-7402!