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Current Exhibits

Exploring West Wilmette

Through 2017
Main Gallery

This exhibit explores the history of west Wilmette, an area whose very definition has changed over time, and is even now a matter about which locals disagree.  The exhibit looks for west Wilmette in many places, examining its cultural geography with special attention to the housing boom of the 1950s that turned family farms into distinctive new subdivisions. 

Over Here and Over There: Wilmette and Gross Point in WWI

Through 2018
Lower Level

World War I commemorates the centennial of U.S. involvement in the First World War from 1917 to 1918.  As young men from the adjoining villages of Wilmette and Gross Point eagerly enlisted and were trained and sent to the trenches in France, their families back home worked hard to show support.

Local Legends

Through December 2017
Lower Level

This corridor exhibit on the Museum's lower level features a selection of celebrities who have called Wilmette their home.  Pictures and stories illuminate the local lives of such accomplished hometown favorites as Bobbi Brown, Jens Jensen, Bill Murray and many others. 

Wilmette Stories

Ongoing
First Floor

The Gross Point Village Hall’s former fire station bay features stories that help to illuminate the special character of our community and its people.

Historic Gross Point Jail

Ongoing
Lower Level

The Gross Point Village Hall had it all: clerk's office, fire department, and police department—including four jail cells. Thanks to this restoration you can find out how it felt to be locked up in one of the gloomy old basement cells. (Kids of all ages love this exhibit!)

From Settlement to Suburb

Ongoing
First Floor

On the first floor is this exhibit about the people who settled Gross Point and Wilmette in the 19th century.

Native Americans on the North Shore

Ongoing
First Floor

Native Americans lived in the Wilmette area for more than 10,000 years. On display are examples of their finely crafted stone tools and ceramic objects, including the haunting "effigy head," one of the oldest and most famous artifacts in our collection.

Don't miss a chance to see locally made objects that are thousands of years old!