Special Events

Upcoming Events and Programs
For reservations or more information on any of the programs listed below, please call 630-510-4941.


Wedding Traditions Unveiled

October 17, 2015-July 31, 2016
DuPage County Historical Museum

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Here's your chance to take part in the exhibit...

Submit your wedding photographs for display or donate needed items on the DuPage County Historical Museum wedding registry.

Wedding Collage

For inclusion in the photo display, photographs must feature couples who live(d) and/or were married in DuPage County. Digital photographs should be 5x7 inches, JPEG format and at least 300 dpi. There is a charge of $10 per photo and each picture should include the name of the couple, date, and location of the wedding. Print the application and return to the museum with payment at 102 E. Wesley in Wheaton by October 30, 2015.

All submissions will be entered into a drawing to win a package that includes a free two hour rental of the museum facility and an overnight stay at the Hilton (valued at over $350).

For more information, or to submit your photograph for entry, please email Ashley Downing at

Wedding Registry

The Museum is opening a wedding registry in conjunction with the wedding exhibit. The registry is filled with items needed for school and scout groups, workshop materials, collection materials, and other essential elements that are used for free events hosted by the Museum or to care for the artifacts. Gift cards to put towards items on the registry are also accepted.

Visit the DuPage County Historical Museum wedding registry.

Schedule of Exhibit Events:

Hope Chest Workshop

Saturday, January 16 | 1-3P | Ages 3 & up | Free Admission
Museum Auditorium

Work together as a family to decorate your own miniature keepsake hope chest to store all your treasures. Free event, suggested donation of $3/participant. Register now >

Wedding Gift Traditions

Saturday, January 23 | 1P | Ages 8 & up
Museum Auditorium

Join DCHM for a presentation about the history of wedding showers given by expert Michelle Weinberger, assistant professor at Northwestern University. Light refreshments will be served. $5/person, free for members or those who bring an item off the museum's registry. To register, please call 630-510-4941.

More events to enjoy...

April 9, 2016: A Victorian Wedding

May 19, 2016: Painting, Chocolate & Wine

July 2016: Chocolate Tasting



Santa Express

Join Kidz Kingdom and the DuPage County Historical Museum for a very special train ride. All aboard as the train departs the Wheaton station for a special visit to the "North Pole" with Santa! Come dressed in your pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies while you listen stories and sing Christmas carols. Take photos with Santa while you tell him what you want for Christmas!

The Santa Express is scheduled for the following dates and times (all dates to be confirmed by Metra):

Sunday, December 6, 2015 -- SOLD OUT

Saturday December 12, 2015 -- Both sessions SOLD OUT
9:15-11A | 11:15A-1P

Sunday December 13, 2015 -- Both sessions SOLD OUT
9:15-11A | 11:15A-1P

Location: All participants meet at the Wheaton Train Station (402 W Front Street)
Fee: Cost for the event is $16 for adults and $20 for children.
Limit: 110 participants per trip.
Parking: Street parking will be available on Liberty and Front Streets. There is also a parking garage on Front Street between Hale and Wheaton Avenue. Do not park at the private parking garages located at Carlton and Liberty or at Wheaton Towers, these are permit-only parking.

For questions or more information, please contact Michelle Podkowa at 630.510.4956 or email.


Wheaton College and African American History

Wednesday, February 3 | Museum Auditorium | 7P | Ages 8 & up

Join us to celebrate African American History Month with David Malone, Professor and Archivist. Wheaton College was a center for abolitionist sentiment, served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, and graduated the first African American in the state of Illinois. $5/person, free for members.

To register, please call 630-510-4941or visit; members must call.


Victorian Valentines

Saturday, February 6 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P | Sign Up
Sunday, February 7 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P | Sign Up
Saturday, February 13 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P
| Sign Up

Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop. Free event, suggested donation of $3/participant.


Night at the Museum Children’s Party

Friday, February 12 | 6:30-8:30pm | Free for Explorers Club members!

More information to come!


LEGO® Train Show

Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21 | Museum Auditorium | 10A-4P | All Ages

Family fun for all ages! The Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club is back at DCHM to amaze visitors with custom creations, vignettes and LEGO® mayhem throughout the display. Free, suggested donation $4/person. No registration necessary.


Gatsby Casino Night

Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 7pm to 10pm

Enjoy Great Gatsby-themed evening of craps, roulette, blackjack and Texas Holdem. Admission includes two drink tickets and $50 in charity chips per person. All proceeds benefit the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation.


$75/person; $125/couple; $500/group of 10

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Coming Soon


Wedding China Workshop

March 19, 2016 | 1-3P | Museum Auditorium | Ages 3 & Up | Fee: $3 | Register >

Paint your own wedding china design on your very own tea cup and saucer.


Mine, Craft, Build with LEGO®

March 28-April 1, 2016 | 9A-12P | Register
March 28-April 1, 2016 | 1-4P | Register

Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO®! This LEGO® experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors inspired by the popular video game, Minecraft. Students will have a blast, no experience with Minecraft or LEGO® required.


Victorian Wedding

Saturday, April 9 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P | All Ages

Step back in time to enjoy a Victorian era wedding in a historic setting. While you watch the play, cross a few wedding plans off your list at our bridal expo. $10/person, members and those with registry gifts for the Museum get in free. To register, please call 630-510-4941.


Wedding Cake Workshop

April 2016 | Museum Auditorium | 1-2P | Ages 7 & up

Discover how wedding cakes are made and how traditions have changed in the last few years. Join Oak Mill Bakery’s staff for a wonderful display of wedding cakes that taste as good as they look! $5/person, members and those with registry gifts for the Museum get in free. To register, please call 630-510-4941.


Painting, Chocolate & Wine

Thursday, May 19 | Museum Auditorium | 6:30P-8:30P | Ages 21 & up

Join local artist Rick Napier for an evening of painting, appetizers and wine. Create your own masterpiece under Rick’s instruction while enjoying time with friends. $40/person includes beverages and appetizers. To register, please call 630-510-4941.


Preservation Month’s Architectural Walking Tour

May 2015 | Meet at the Museum | 10A-11:30A | Family Event

Stroll through historic Downtown Wheaton while learning the history and architectural features of the county seat of DuPage. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, approximately 1.5 miles are covered. $4/child; $6/adult. To register, please call 630-510-4941, walk-ins welcome.


Fun Unplugged Toys

Saturday, May 21 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P | Ages 3 & up

Celebrate Childhood Memories by creating color wheel toys and paper dolls. Complete a scavenger hunt of the Fun Unplugged: Childhood Memories exhibit.

To register, please call 630-510-4941.


Model Train