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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

As the third-largest Holocaust museum in the world, we tell first-hand narratives of the Holocaust, inspiring our visitors to use the lessons of the past to transform the future. 

 

While we are a Holocaust Museum, we have a number of exhibits that are appropriate for a family experience. Our Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition, “Make A Difference!”, provides an engaging and interactive space with hands-on activities for visitors ages 8-12. Click here to read more: https://bit.ly/2HN8fgc 

 

Families can also explore our groundbreaking Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience where guests can sit across from a virtual Holocaust Survivor and ask questions about their life and survival. High-definition holographic interview recordings paired with voice recognition technology enable these incredible people to respond in real time to questions from the audience, inviting one-on-one “conversation”. What will you ask them?

 

With seven changing exhibitions per year, there is always something to see. Some of our temporary exhibits go deeper or broader into the Holocaust while others present contemporary human rights or social justice issues, Click here to see what’s on display: https://bit.ly/1JuJlNP 
 

 Current Exhibitions:

  • Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 illustrates the pain and injustice of the American domestic slave trade, and its impact on enslaved families across the country. Closing August 25, 2019.
  • Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro shows, through powerful documentary photography, how the issues of the civil rights movement are still deeply relevant today. Closing October 27, 2019.
     

Permanent Exhibitions:

  • Zev and Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to explore pre-war European life, ghettos and concentration camps, liberation and resettlement around the world through more than 500 artifacts, documents, photographs, and a German rail car of the type used in Nazi deportations. Average visit time is approximately two to three hours. Recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older.
  • The Take a Stand Center is an innovative exhibit with a forward-looking emphasis on multiple areas of social justice and includes the interactive Survivor Stories Experience holographic theater, featuring Dimensions in Testimony, developed by USC Shoah Foundation in association with Illinois Holocaust Museum. Four interactive galleries guide visitors through contemporary social justice issues, empowering guests with knowledge and tools to stand against hatred in all its forms.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

  • Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross offers an extraordinarily rare glimpse of life inside the Lodz Ghetto during its existence from 1940 to 1944, through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross (1910-1991). Open September 22, 2019.
  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a vibrant, comprehensive exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often-simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. Open February 9, 2020. 
     

 Current Exhibitions:

  • Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865
  • Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro

Permanent Exhibitions:

  • Zev and Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition 
  • The Take a Stand Center 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

  • Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross
  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

 

https://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org

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