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Current Exhibits

All That Glitters

Opening January 27, 2019
Lower Level

This shiny new fashion exhibit packs decades’ worth of kaleidoscopic colors and merry twinkles into one dazzling display. From the sparkle of crystal beads to the shimmer of sequins and the gleam of gold mesh, “All That Glitters” gladdens and informs with a stunning array of garments that were designed and worn to delight onlookers.

Beer Wars: Wets vs. Drys on the North Shore

Through July 2019
Main Gallery

The exhibit chronicles the story of Chicago breweries and of North Shore saloons and their battles against temperance activists who advocated for their demise. The earliest taverns in the area were established in the 1830s.

Local Legends

Extended through 2019
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!