Where Past Meets Present

E3 (Exhibit-Education-Entertaining)
Exhibit, Education and Entertainment

Experience E3: New programs each month!

From egg hunts to bar crawls, you’ll find programming for all ages and interests, held both at RCHS and out in the community.

Discover how each of these unique programs relate to this year’s RCHS theme of History In Focus: Sharing Stories. Supporting Community.

For more information on any of these programs, email Nate Fuller, Education Curator, or call him at (608) 756-4509 ext. 304.

Community Need

A portion of the proceeds from every program you attend will benefit the Welty Environmental Center. Located in Beloit, this nonprofit focuses on the enjoyment, preservation, and sustainable use of our natural resources.

History In Focus: The Exhibit

History in Focus: The Exhibit

Throughout history, images have captured stories. That’s why in 2017, the Rock County Historical Society is focusing on capturing your images and stories. Enter our Victorian-era photography studio and snap a picture while dressed to the nines. View historic paintings. And admire the beautiful artifacts. You’ll experience all this and more this year in the RCHS exhibits, as we explore our theme of History in Focus: Sharing Stories. Supporting Community.

Exhibit Dates

March 3 through Dec. 29, 2017


$5 (adults); $3 (children)

E3: The Events

Paint Night

paint night

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6-8PM

Enjoy a glass of wine as you paint the night away! No master level art skills required. Sign up now as space is limited!

3D Movie-rama


Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:30-8:30PM

Grab those 3D goggles and prepare to be eaten alive – or feel like it! There’s no better way to watch Jaws III than in 3D.

Victorian Bright Ideas

victorian bright ideas

Friday, March 3, 7-8:30PM

See how Pepper’s Ghost is used for special effects, how a zoetrope produces moving images, and much more. Family-friendly.

Things That Scare Us

things that scare us

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8PM

Hear what animal experts say about it as they dispel rumors, myths, and legends about creepy crawlers. Family-friendly.

Easter Egg Hunt

easter egg hunt

Saturday, April 15, 11AM-12:30PM

Bring the entire family to the RCHS campus for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Every child goes home with a treat!

Something's Brewing

Something's Brewing at RCHS

Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8:30PM

Celebrate National Craft Brewing Week with a small tasting featuring local brewers and hobbyists. Adults-only event.

Murder & Mayhem

Murder & Mayhem

Thursday, June 22, 6:30-9PM

Tour downtown Janesville’s bars and saloons while hearing gruesome stories from Rock County’s past. Adults-only event.

Night @ the Museum

Thursday, July 20, 7-8:30PM

Come dressed in your bunny slippers and pajamas, bring your favorite toy, and enjoy an evening of family fun in a museum.

Astronomy Day

Monday, Aug. 21, 10AM-1PM

Celebrate the partial solar eclipse with a program about astronomy. Make a pinhole camera to safely view the partial eclipse.

Pokemon Go Walk

Saturday, Sept. 30, 1-2:30PM

This free, all-ages historical walk begins and ends at the Hedberg Public Library, 316 South Main Street Janesville.

Black Cats (& Dogs)

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30-8PM

Meet animals in need of adoption from the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. One might become your new pet!

Christmas With The Tallmans

Saturday, Dec. 2, 7-9PM

Adults only! Here’s a holiday party at the museum like none other. Connect with friends for cocktails, watch a silly holiday film, take selfies, and more!