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Special Events

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

Special Event:

Fun Unplugged: Toys

Saturday, May 21 | Museum Auditorium | 1-3P | 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.

Fun Unplugged Exhibit Series

Through September 25, 2016: Childhood Memories

Enjoy the simplicity of a time where play and learning were stimulated without electronics. Become absorbed in the delightful innocence of DuPage County's past as you learn about the toys and games from the 19th and 20th century.

November 12, 2016-May 29, 2017: Little Adults

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, childhood was seen as a wasteful, unproductive stage in life. Learn how everything from army figurines to tea sets were creatively used to make children grow up faster.

July 15, 2017-February 26, 2018: Outdoor Adventures

Nothing says more about childhood than the great outdoors. Those magical moments and lasting impressions are recreated in this imaginative exhibit.

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Wedding Traditions Unveiled

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

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.





Preservation Month’s Architectural Walking Tour

Saturday, May 7 | 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 or



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 or



Celebrating Historic Wheaton Parks: Former Estate Gardens ­ Through the Years

Thursday, May 12 | Museum Auditorium | 7P | All Ages | Free

Thanks to some early prosperous residents, Wheaton is home to a number of present-day parks worth celebrating. Join the Wheaton Historic Commission and the DuPage County Historical Museum for a program looking at gardens of one-time estates that were transformed for public enjoyment. Learn from Cantigny Park and Wheaton Park District professionals as they present historic details and preservation challenges with Memorial Park, Hurley Gardens, Adams Park and Cantigny Gardens. Refreshments will be served following the program, and free souvenir posters commemorating the event will be available while supplies last.

Join DCHM and Wheaton Historic Commission for Wheaton's Preservation Month! For more information on all the events, please visit



Prairie Tour

Saturday, June 11 | Russell R. Kirt Prairie, Parking Lot 4 | 10:30-12P| All Ages

Learn about the wildlife, people and processes that have shaped the prairie ecosystem as you take a guided tour from Biology Professor Barbara Anderson through College of DuPage prairie restorations. Rain date is Saturday, June 25. Free event, to register, 630-510-4941 or Registration required due to the nature of the program, space is limited.



Wedding Chocolates Tasting

Saturday, July 16 | Museum Auditorium | 1P | Ages 7 & up

Taste your favorites while you learn about the history of chocolates and the Fannie May company. Which are your favorites? $5/person, members and those with registry gifts for the Museum get in free. To register, 630-510-4941 or, members and those with gifts must call for tickets.



Victorian Crafts Workshop

Saturday, July 23 | Museum Auditorium | 1-3P | All Ages | 331461-01

Stop by the Museum to enjoy a day of Victorian crafts! Create a quilt squares, learn needlepoint, or design a Victorian greeting card. Free event.



Superheroes Then & Now

Saturday, August 20 | Museum Auditorium | 1P | All Ages

Join us for our first Fun Unplugged event taking a humorous look at superheroes! The great hero of Greek mythology, Zeus tells action packed stories of superheroes from yesterday and today. How do the mythological tales of long ago relate to the comic book superheroes of today? Free event, to register, 630-510-4941 or



Coming Soon!

Please check back soon for a preview of our Fall Events.




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