Museum Exhibits

Permanent Exhibition

Perspectives: The Growth of Elk Grove

Discover how Elk Grove transformed in the areas of education, social life, business, and resident demographics to become the Elk Grove Village we know today. Listen to perspectives from past and present residents through audio clips. Add your voice to the exhibit as you relate to the various topics. A number of photographs and original artifacts will be displayed with an array of hands-on components to connect visitors to the history of this area. This recurring exhibit will be on view each year from late summer through the winter. Exhibit support provided by the Elk Grove Historical Society.

Temporary Exhibition

Farming Women of Elk Grove Township

October 16, 2020 to February 14, 2021

The common image of early farms in America is of men in the fields, and women in the home. Women could, and did operate entire farms when men worked in town or went off to war. This exhibition highlights farming women and their stories. The featured artifact is a wedding dress worn by Wilma Wille, an early resident of Elk Grove. 

Past Exhibitions

A Palette for Preservation: Paintings by Bonnie Casey

Inspired by the ever-changing landscape of Elk Grove Village and the surrounding area, artist and former resident, Bonnie Casey, painted a number of rural homesteads during the 1970s as a final record of their existence. Images and historic items from associated properties will be displayed alongside a series of Casey's original paintings to revive these locations once more. Artwork by current Elk Grove Artist Association members will be featured throughout the museum's farmhouse to complement the theme of local preservation. Exhibit visitors are eligible for entry into a monthly raffle drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Blick Art Materials.

This exhibit is proudly supported by Blick Arts Materials (500 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg) and Elk Grove Historical Society members.

McDonald's® Hamburger University®, March-August 2017

McDonald's Golden Arches is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. Shortly after fast food took the country by storm in the 1950s, a unique facility was established in Elk Grove Village to train McDonald's management. Using a blend of video, sound, original artifacts, and touch components, discover how Hamburger University made a global impact.

This exhibit was supported by your local McDonald's restaurants at:

10 W. Biesterfield Rd.
633 Meacham Rd.
1450 Busse Rd.

A Feast for the Ears, March-August 2015

This exhibit led visitors on a discovery of Elk Grove's rich musical history and celebrated diverse musicians and educators through the sounds of jazz, rock, classical, folk, and opera. It struck a chord with all ages using original artifacts, bold images, and audio. Visitors also shared their memories and experiences about what music meant to them.

Thank you to all who came out to see the exhibit and participated in programs! 

This exhibit was sponsored by Jarosch Bakery.


The Green Scale, March-August 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the special exhibit, The Green Scale! The exhibit featured hands-on components and information on local environmental practices. Sometimes, being green doesn't always measure up as science and standards evolve. We hope that as a community, we can become better stewards of our environment. This exhibit was partially made possible by students from the Northern Illinois University Museum Studies program.

Thank you also to our exhibit sponsor, Elk Grove Village Bank & Trust.