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Ethnic Heritage Museum

The Ethnic Heritage Museum has six galleries representing the original ethnic groups that settled in the southwest part of Rockford: African American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish. The museum received its charter and opened in May of 1989. This building dates back to 1853 as a home to many ethnic families throughout the years. In October 2012 the new Lockwood Gallery addition was completed. Today this gallery offers additional space for educational workshops, cultural presentations, expanded exhibit space, receptions, and organization rental opportunities. Many gallery artifacts are gifts from local families as well as new memorabilia exhibits which change frequently. The museum is open Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Tour groups may preregister other days by calling the museum. Ethnic Heritage Museum is handicap accessible with parking on the Loomis Street side.

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