Exhibits

Rotating Exhibits:

Diorama-Rama!

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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.

Permanent Exhibits:

Milestones and Memories

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Fountain Square, 1932

EHCs permanent exhibit of Evanston history features an overview of the community’s history from its beginnings to today. This wonderful interactive exhibit uses artifacts and archival materials from EHCs collection to tell the story of the community and some of the amazing people who called Evanston home.

Visit the second floor of the Dawes House to see this exhibit during our open hours, Thursday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m.