Choose from Three Options
- $6 for museum admission for one adult (up to $12 value)
- $20 for a one-year individual membership ($40 value)
- $35 for a one-year family membership for up to four ($75 value)
Both of the memberships include:
- Free admission to the museum
- Discounts on select lectures and programs
- 10% discount at the Legacy Shop
The 65,000-square-foot space—designed by architect Stanley Tigerman—tells the story of the Holocaust through moving, interactive exhibits such as the Zev and Shifra Karkomi Permanent Exhibition. Here, more than 500 documents and photographs accompany video testimonies from local survivors. A German railcar of the kind used for Nazi deportations serves as the museum’s powerful centerpiece at the “hinge” of the building, where a memorial honors those who lost their lives. The Legacy of Absence Gallery, showcases artistic responses to genocides and atrocities that have happened in places such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Argentina, and the Soviet Gulag.
Beyond the railcar, natural light illuminates the space, representing the rescue and resilience of the survivors. Harvey L. Miller Youth Exhibition is an interactive space for children aged 8–12 that addresses bullying, fosters respect, and reminds guests it's important to take a stand.
The museum’s special exhibitions broaden the historical scope of its message. Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain, on display until January 26, features a vibrant display of period clothing, cleverly designed scarves, film footage, and lively music of Britain in the World War II era, offering a rare glimpse into a time when beauty (in measured amounts) was not frivolous—it was a patriotic duty.
Upcoming exhibition Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a 20th century pioneer and trailblazing photojournalist. Now 100 years old, Gruber’s work spans more than five decades, from her groundbreaking work in the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s and her iconic images of Jewish refugees from the ship Exodus in 1947, to her later work in the 1980s documenting Ethiopian Jews in the midst of a civil war. This exhibit is on display from February 17 though June 1.
Children aged 5–11 are regularly admitted for $6, and active military and their families enjoy 50% off regular admission prices.
The building photo was taken by David Seide. The survivor photo was taken by photographer Jono David. All other photos were taken by James Schnepf.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
It was the late 1970s, decades after the Holocaust, but neo-Nazis hadn’t disappeared: they threatened to march in Skokie. Realizing the need to combat this kind of intolerance with education, Chicago-area survivors and their supporters banded together to create the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. This initiative evolved into the museum which was built to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, educate visitors, and explore the human intolerance that continues to lead to genocide today.