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Current Exhibits

Wilmette Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Through December 2020
Lower Level

This exhibit highlights some of Wilmette's most accomplished residents, women who rose to prominence in their chosen fields.  On display are iconic garments from their professions, from firefighter's gear to a 1980s "power suit," reflecting the varieties of traditionally male-dominated occupations in which local women have excelled. The garments are accompanied by stories about each woman.

Wilmette in Photographs: 1850-1950

Through July 2020
Main Gallery

This exhibit explores a century of photographs of Wilmette people and places.  Antique cameras, glass photographic plates, tintypes, stereo cards, and other unusual artifacts from the Museum’s collection join dozens of rarely seen photos to illustrate how developments in camera technology, and the emergence of fads like the “real photo postcard” craze, resulted in a treasure trove of images tha

Local Legends

Extended through 2020
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!