constructionPardon our Dust: The Wesley Street entrance to the Museum will be closed beginning on February 27 for repairs. Please use Main Street entrance and ring the doorbell to enter. The Museum will remain open during all repairs and repairs are expected to last a week or two. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page:


The DuPage County Historical Museum is operated as a facility of Wheaton Park District, owned by the County of DuPage by resolution of the County Board pursuant to state statute. Its principal purposes are to educate the general public through the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of materials which document the history of DuPage County and its relationship to Illinois and the nation, and to provide local history services for historical organizations and for scholarly endeavors.

Current Exhibits:

January 27, 2017-March 10, 2017

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963

Learn about two monumental events in American history at DCHM this winter. Explore the connections between the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. More

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September 17, 2016-July 31, 2017

Flame to Fluorescent

From Flame to Fluorescent

Once considered a stolen gift from the gods; fire provided a way to alter the environment, allowing independence from the cycle of light and dark. Largely unchanged in over five thousand years...More

From Flame to Fluorescent is Supported by:

February 13, 2016-February 26, 2018

Fun Unplugged

Join us for this two-year exhibit series...
"Little Adults" through May 29, 2017

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, childhood was seen as a wasteful, unproductive stage in life. Toys and games were created to push children into adulthood: miniature versions of adult activities taught children rules and expectations of proper behavior, etiquette and morals...More

Supported by:

October 22, 2016-March 27, 2017

Snap! An Evolution of Photography

Learn about the fascinating evolution of early photography and the various elements needed to create a unique memory...More


Museum News:

November 17, 2016 Press Release - Details

DuPage County Historical Museum Curator, Ashley Downing, tells WDCB Reporter, Gary Zidek, about the new From Flame to Fluorescent exhibit.

A coalition of DuPage County museums, libraries and historical organizations are coming together to launch a new oral history initiative about the struggle for civil rights. DuPage Historical Museum curator Ashley Downing tells WDCB News Reporter Gary Zidek about Voices of DuPage.

To view pictures of the Museum’s new roof, visit

DuPage County Historial Museum Foundation Receives Grants From DuPage Foundation
January 14, 2016 Press Release - Details

Award of Excellence
The DuPage County Historical Museum exhibit Inheriting DuPage: A Family History honored by Illinois Association of Museums with an Award of Excellence.

Gold Award
IAM recognizes the DuPage Society of Model Engineers with a Gold Award for its 50 years of service.

September 25, 2015

Daniel L. Goodwin Honored
Goodwin receives
2014 Making a Historical Difference Award - Details
October 29, 2014 at Arrowhead Golf Club

Model Train