Museum Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
See the EXHIBITS main page for our Exhibition Schedule.
New Ongoing Exhibit!
By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst
Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative new exhibit that takes visitors on a journey of discovery exploring how the city has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The Museum’s entire second floor gallery has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with touch-screen displays, an interactive tabletop map, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre.
January 15 - April 5, 2015
Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor
A telling look at the industrialization of America, this traveling photographic
exhibition from the George Eastman House International Museum of
Photography and Film in Rochester, NY reveals the circumstances that
poor working children endured until legislation against child labor
prevailed as late as 1938. Lewis Wickes Hine (American,
1874-1940) was a sociologist whose photographs captured his abiding
concern for children, immigrants, and working-class people. He was hired
by the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) in 1906 to document the
harsh conditions in which children worked. Hine spent ten years
photographing in the canneries, coal mines, cotton mills, farms, and
sweatshops common during the early 20th century. Through the use of
photography, Hine and the NCLC gained the attention of government
officials and aroused public sentiment against child labor practices in
the United States. Location: 1st Floor Gallery
Children's Reading List: Click here to download a reading list of exhibit-related books for kids.
If you are interested in details on rental of a traveling exhibit created by Elmhurst Historical Museum staff, please contact Lance Tawzer, curator of exhibits, at 630-833-1457 or