Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center


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In a Nutshell

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

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Choose from Two Options

  • $25 for a one-year individual membership ($40 value)
  • $45 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 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. On display until January 25, current exhibition “RACE: Are We So Different?” explores how racial difference has served as a basis for community feeling, as well as justification for prejudice, while also exploring recent research that calls into question the concept of race itself. Starting February 22 and lasting until September 7, “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust” presents a Western audience with more than 50 images from the Eastern front by wartime Soviet photographers, many of whom were Jewish.

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, 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

Be sure you are able to walk long distances. It is more than worthwhile, but you need stamina.
Benita L. · May 27, 2015
This place is more than a museum about the Holocaust. It is an inspiring educational, global center with amazing programs that you won't find anywhere else. I've seen extraordinary movies, art and music performances and have heard great discussions and lectures. Highly recommended.
Phyllis · May 21, 2015
The main exhibit at the Holocaust Museum is extremely well presented and the tour informative and interesting. Special exhibits for students include interactive and thought provoking presentations as well as filmed interviews relating personal experiences of survivors. The highlight of the visit for me was the Bill Graham exhibit. I was not familiar with Graham, and found his story fascinating. As he was a music promoter for so many big-name music stars from the 60's until his death in 1991, the fabulous posters and video presentations of performances by many of those personalities were a joy to view. An afternoon well spent.
Diane N. · 2 days ago

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