The Heritage Museum Park is closed through March 30th.

All special events, programs, and tours are postponed through March 30th. The Board of Directors will continue monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in Illinois and recommendations set forth by the CDC and the Winnebago County Health Department. Any changes will be posted on the website (www.ethnicheritagemuseum.org) and our Facebook page.

At the Heritage Museum Park, our goal is to keep volunteers and the public safe.

The CDC makes the following guidelines to avoid further spread of the virus:

  •  Stay home if you are sick
  •  Cover your coughs and sneezes
  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  •  Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
  •  Maintain "social distance" by at least 6 feet between you and another person
  •  Do not plan or attend large gatherings/parties or group meetings (10+ people)
 

Honoring Our History


WELCOME CENTER FOR ALL TOURS: ETHNIC HERITAGE MUSEUM 1129 S. Main St. - CORNER S. MAIN ST. AND LOOMIS
$7 Individual, $5 student or $15 Family. Members are free.
*Call (815) 962-7402 to pre register for group tours other days.

TOUR INFORMATION: Guided tours are available every Sunday from 2-4pm. Each ticket allows entrance into the six Ethnic Heritage Museum Gallery Exhibits, the historic Graham-Ginestra House, and the Heritage Museum Park! Parking is available at the Morgan and Main Street parking lot and on street near the Loomis Street flag entrance.

Private or additional group tours may be scheduled through the week by calling the museum at (815) 962-7402. School and Scouting groups welcome with pre-arranged scheduling by phone or emailing ehm1129@comcast.net. The Lockwood Gallery conference room is a great space to rent for luncheons, board meetings, special programs, workshop youth space, or private gatherings.


What you will experience:
 
Ethnic Heritage Museum and Welcome Center
Exhibits for each of the founding ethnic groups of Southwest Rockford:
  • African American
  • Irish Gallery
  • Italian Gallery      
  • Hispanic Gallery
  • Lithuanian Gallery
  • Polish Gallery
​During your tour of the six galleries, you will learn about the various ethnic galleries, the traditions and culture, as well as Rockford's early history.

 
Graham-Ginestra House
Take a guided tour through this historic 1857 home. This beautiful landmark boasts of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. The interior of the house still exhibits amazing artifacts and charm. Freeman Graham (b.1806) of Scott-English heritage had the house constructed before moving his family here from Connecticut. Later, Leo Ginestra, a Sicilian immigrant, marveled at the beauty of the home and purchased it from the Graham family in 1927. Both families were involved in early Rockford history through their business empires and political enthusiasm. The interior of the house still exhibits amazing artifacts and charm.
 
Be sure to check out the Gift Shop, located inside the Welcome Center, for local treasures and gifts!

 
 
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