Gardens & Museums
Anderson Japanese Gardens
The Anderson Japanese Gardens is a 14-acre
group of Japanese gardens located in Rockford,
Illinois. The gardens are in a 13th-century
"pond strolling" garden with several waterfalls
and ponds, streams, rock formations, winding
paths, and a sukiya style tea house and guest
house (built by Masahiro Hamada). The "Garden of
Reflection" is a contemporary Japanese-inspired
garden, with bronze angel sculptures by Carl
Milles. Plantings include Japanese maples, cloud
pines, azaleas, magnolias, and
The gardens are home to many species of
colorful fish, minks, and ducks. In the "Garden
of Reflection" beetle traps hang over the water
to encourage these fish to surface for food.
Professional photography is only permitted after
hours with management approval, but amateur
photography is encouraged. There are also many
forbidden paths that lead up to the Anderson
The Angel Museum is a not-for-profit organization that emphasizes angels as symbols for what is joyful, noble and good in this life. It refrains from promoting religion or a theology of angels.
The mission of The Angel Museum is to promote a unique and personal experience that stimulates and enriches the human spirit. Visitors are invited to enjoy and experience goodness anytime they visit The Angel Museum.
The Angel Museum is dependent on the gracious caring of its volunteers, the generous sponsorships of corporate, association and individual angels of our own and of course our welcomed visitors.
We regularly host special events of our own as well as those sponsored by other groups and individuals. You’re invited to sign up for our newsletter to stay abreast what’s coming up.
Burpee Museum of Natural
737 North Main Street
Macktown Historical Society
On a forested bluff overlooking the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers in Rockton are the remnants of Winnebago County's earliest settlement. It was founded in mid-1830's by Stephen Andrew Mack, Jr., and his wife, Hononegah. Macktown, then known as Pekatonic, represents a time and place of change on the Illinois frontier when the fur trade collided with a progressive world.
Midway Villiage Museum
Midway Village Museum, the best institution for collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Rockford region, is committed to educating and enriching our community by providing state-of-the-art exhibits, programs and events.
Midway Village Museum will be the primary institution where Rockford’s diverse citizens gather to understand their community’s past and to discuss the challenges of the future.
Midway Village Museum was organized in 1968 by the Swedish, Harlem and Rockford Historical Societies for the purpose of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Rockford area. It began with a donation of land by the Severin Family and has grown dramatically since.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is a treasure
trove of a time gone by. Rockford, Illinois
businessman Robert Hall Tinker built the home in
1865, perching it high on a limestone bluff
overlooking Kent Creek. His inspiration came
from an 1862 tour of Europe where he fell in
love with the architecture of Switzerland. Today
the Cottage is one of only a handful of
Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States
from the 1800s.
Tinker surrounded his Swiss Cottage with
trees, vines, winding pathways and flower beds.
A three-story Barn housed cows, chickens and in
later years the family car. On the backside of
the Cottage, a suspension bridge crossed Kent
Creek and linked the Cottage with Mrs. Tinker's
property on the far bank. In 1906, after the
railroad bought her estate, Robert Tinker
planted elaborate gardens at the end of the
The Tinker family, the sole occupants of the
Swiss Cottage, left their home to the Rockford
Park District and their household belongings to
trustees after seventy-five years of residence.
Filled with original furnishings, artwork,
diaries and household items, the Cottage is a
rich time capsule of life a century ago.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Explore every season in the Heart of the
Arboretum District: majestic colors of fall,
hundreds of blooming crabapples in spring,
butterfly gardens in summer, and snow-covered
evergreens in winter.
Klehm is open:
November 1 to March 31
am - 4 pm Monday through Saturday
April 1 to October 31
9 am - 4 pm Sunday
9 am - 6 pm Friday and
Sinnissippi Greenhouse and Gardens
On the west side of North Second Street,
Sinnissippi Greenhouse and Gardens is the home
of the community holiday tree and the Rock River
Recreation Path - everyone's favorite place to
walk, push a stroller, jog with your dog, test
your in-line skates, or wet a fishing line.
Along the path you'll see the Rock Men, The
Sinnissippi Crab Sculpture, the Symbol, the
Inlet Markers, and Suspended Motion and Flame
The Sinnissippi Lagoon is the
home of two female mute swans: Pride and Joy.
View the grace and beauty of the swans as they
drift across the water. During the winter when
the ice is safe, the Sinnissippi Lagoon is open
for free public skating.
Gardens feature an All-American Rose Selection
(AARS)-Accredited rose garden, a 32 ft. floral
clock planted each year with thousands of
annuals, and an annual garden planted with
colorful bedding plants. Don't forget the
peaceful, shaded perennial garden.
La Paloma Gardens
Award winning La Paloma Gardens is designed
to be a combination of unfolding outdoor spaces
that coax the visitor to stroll leisurely, take
a moment to sit and pause while anticipating the
next vista. The numerous resting spots provide a
different “garden picture” with every turn of
Rockford Art Museum
A Partner in Excellence of the Illinois Arts
Council, Rockford Art Museum impacts the quality
of life for people of all ages through visual
arts programs of collection, exhibition and
education. From its beginnings as the Rockford
Sketch Club in 1888, to incorporation as the
Rockford Art Association in 1913, RAM boasts a
rich history that reflects the past, present and
future of the Rockford region.
Located in the heart of downtown Rockford
inside Riverfront Museum Park for the Arts &
Sciences (a Rockford Park District facility),
Rockford Art Museum offers 17,000 square feet of
exhibition space within its three galleries. A
non-profit, public museum, RAM is supported by
memberships, individual and corporate
contributions, and grants from the Illinois Arts
Council, a state agency, and Rockford Area Arts
Rockford Art Museum members enjoy free
admission to the museum, subscription to the
quarterly publication, RAM Store discounts,
invitations to opening exhibition receptions and
special events, including RAM galas.
6702 Yale Bridge Rd
Rockton, IL 61072