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Evening of Illumination


  • Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL
  • Experience The Darker Side of Victorian Life at Evening of Illumination
  • Learn how "dying to be beautiful" was true in the Victorian era.
  • Attend a Victorian Mummy Unwrapping Party.
  • Visit a Victorian wake and learn about mourning customs.
  • Join the famous Emily Dickinson for some of her darkest poetry.
  • Hear about the history of the casket industry and how it developed by the late 19th century.

Try to contact the dead with true believer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and debunk seances with his friend Harry Houdini.

Guided by lantern light around the 13-acre Victorian Village, guests will visit seven 15-minute interactive stations. Admission is by pre-registration only at www.midwayvillage.com. Cost: $12 per person, $10 Museum Member.

This program is recommended for ages 16 and up. There is a minimum of at least 50 reservations required to present this special event by Monday, October 19 at 4:00 pm. Please dress for the weather and walking. This event is rain or shine -- all sales are final. Guests will check in at Gate B.

Midway Village Museum follows all CDC recommendations for COVID-19 safety. Guides and visitors are required to wear masks.

Evening of Illumination