Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

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Danielle H. · 2 reviews
October 6, 2015
Give yourself plenty of time because there's so much to read, listen to and see


Alison S. ·
October 4, 2015
Fabulous experience. We spent about 3 hours there. We probably could have spent more, but this was enough time to walk through the permanent exhibit as well as look at the special art collections.


Lori S. · 1 review
October 4, 2015
Be prepared for intense emotional experience. It's hard to read every display. You have to pace yourself. The displays cover so much history and information. I tried to spend more time in the sections I knew less about. The video image of the holocaust survivor in the auditorium was one of the best parts of my experience.

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Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2015

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 personal stories 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 fine art from around the world that reflect loss and remembrance in 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 Family Youth Exhibition is an interactive space for children aged 8–12 that addresses bullying, respect for differences, and reminds younger visitors it’s important to speak out for what they believe.

The museum’s special exhibitions provide new perspectives of its message. On display until September 7, “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust” presents a photographic depiction of the Russian experience through the eyes of important photojournalists, many of whom were Jewish.

Children aged 5–11 are regularly admitted for $6, and active military personnel and their families get free admission into the museum until Labor Day, September 7. The price of admission includes all exhibition spaces and programs during that day. Docent-led tours happen at 2pm everyday and every second Sunday of the month, attendees can catch an Architecture tour “Symbolic by Design” at 11am and a “Survivors Speak” program at 12:30pm.

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About Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

It was the late 1970s, and neo-Nazis were threatening to march in Skokie. Chicago-area Survivors and their supporters, reacting to the situation, came 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 combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference in local communities and throughout the world.

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