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Current Exhibits

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

Opening Dec. 4, 2016
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.

Sox vs Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

December 4, 2016 - May 7, 2017
First Floor

Sox vs Cubs takes a fun look at this longtime Chicago rivalry. Through a variety of voices, objects and interactive elements, this exhibit captures the history and depth of both sides of the rivalry and takes on the question of what it means to be a fan.

Local Legends

Through December 2017
Lower Level

This new 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, Frazier Thomas 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!