Opening July 10, 2021, and running through January 2022
Admission to exhibit included with tour admission. Tour days are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, beginning on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. The house closes at 4:00 pm.
Groups of more than five people require an advance reservation.
Masks are required
Admission is $10 per person, payable by credit card (VISA and MasterCard only), check (payable to Evanston History Center), or cash (exact change). Members are always free!

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We’re going old-school 3-D! In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the invention of the diorama, the Evanston History Center will showcase the historic dioramas in our collection. This three-dimensional medium has been used for hundreds of years to illustrate a story through artistry and craftsmanship. Dioramas were particularly popular at the 1933-34 Century of Progress and at the 1940 Black Exposition in Chicago. Explore the efficacy of dioramas to truth-telling as compared to 21st-century media.

The exhibit combines dioramas with related media such as building models and art, including a beautifully woven tapestry panorama of Evanston. Discover the many Evanstonians who created these pieces and who contributed to the development of the genre.

*Mask Policy: All visitors to the Evanston History Center must wear a mask for the duration of their visit inside the Dawes House.