Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center


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The museum honors Holocaust victims, telling their stories with artifacts and interactive exhibits that urge visitors to fight intolerance

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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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Everyone should view this display to become aware of the horrors that occured in WWII.
Diane D. · 4 days ago
A very moving and educational experience. Take the docent led tour in the afternoon if you can.
Kenneth S. · 7 days ago
very well organized with tons of information packed in. Tough subject but they do it very well. Enjoyed the special exhibit as well. The staff was especially friendly and helpful.
Susan L. · February 15, 2017
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    9603 Woods Dr.

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