Choose from Three Options
- $6 for museum admission for one adult (up to a $12 value)
- $20 for a one-year individual membership (a $40 value)
- $35 for a one-year family membership for up to four (a $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. Make a Difference! The Miller Family 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. Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America, created by the International Spy Museum and on display until January 6, explores how the United States could best balance civil liberties and individual rights during conflicts. This glimpse into true tales of espionage, treason, and deception carries weight for both historic and modern events in America.
Upcoming exhibition Courage: The Vision to End Segregation, The Guts to Fight for It follows what many considered to be the defining case of the 20th century—Brown vs. Board of Education—during which Reverend J.A. De Laine and Clarendon County citizens challenged racial segregation in public schools. This exhibit is on display from February 3 through April 21.
Children aged 5–11 are regularly admitted for $6, and active military and their families enjoy 50% off regular admission prices.
Two of the photographs in this Groupon - those depicting the victims' names and the survivor - were taken by photographer Jono David.
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.