We Are OPEN!

The Heritage Museum Park invites you to safely join us on Sundays between 2-4pm for guided tours! .

Our Clean Hands Pledge & Social Distancing

The museum is now taking part in a community-wide initiative entitled, "Clean Hands," and pledges to open safely and responsibly by following seven standards intended to reduce disease transmission and help build consumer confidence as the economy reopens.

Visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing while on the museum grounds. Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors to use. 



Tours will be LIMITED to 1 family per tour, or 2 individuals. 

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


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
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.

Ethnic Heritage Museum
African American
Irish Gallery
Italian Gallery      
Hispanic Gallery
Lithuanian Gallery
Polish Gallery

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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