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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

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9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL 60077-1095
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Dempster–SkokieChicago L26 min
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tosl wrote a review Apr. 6
Jersey City, New Jersey464 contributions154 helpful votes
Other than DC, this is the most powerful and comprehensive museum I have seen on the Holocaust outside of visiting the camps themselves. An easy 20-minute drive from Chicago, this should not be near the top of any itinerary, this should be the top site. Excellent job to the curator and staff - very moving.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Buick1_36758 wrote a review Mar. 2021
Sycamore, Illinois128 contributions26 helpful votes
I went here in March of 2021. The only way to purchase a ticket is online and then they scan your phone. You do have to go through metal detector to enter. I was allowed to leave for lunch and come back later. This museum is very professionally done and the entrance fee is $15. The main floor is where you will spend most of your time. If you read everything and watch all of the videos, you will be there for a number of hours. The upper floor was mostly paintings and I did not spend much time there. The lower floor had a holographic theater and a special display area. In the holographic theater, they had a presentation and then you could ask a question which would be transmitted to a library of stored answers. While some were fascinated by this, this piece of it wasn't that thrilling to me. If you do want to do the theater, I would make sure you get a ticket early since they were limiting the number of people in it.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Annemarie K wrote a review Aug. 2020
Ypsilanti, Michigan25 contributions6 helpful votes
Worth taking the train and visiting this outstanding museum. It’s both detailed and experimental and painstakingly detailed. Perfect in every way. Plan on spending at least 3 hours.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Annemarie K wrote a review Aug. 2020
Ypsilanti, Michigan25 contributions6 helpful votes
Amazing displays on Holocaust history, very detailed and captivating. One of the finest Holocaust museums. If you visit Chicago, this tour should be a must. Also a fabulous exhibit on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thank you for this experience!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Debbie A wrote a review Aug. 2020
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We went to the museum largely because we wanted to see the Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibit. Although that was a nice exhibit (a little smaller than we expected), it was the main exhibit on the Holocaust that left us deeply moved and talking afterward. We visited the Ginsburg exhibit first. Then we went to the theater and saw the survivor’s story. It adds so much to the experience to see a survivor speaking, as a hologram, to you. It was intimate and because you could ask questions directly to the survivor. It felt like a conversation. That set the stage for our visit to the main holocaust exhibit. Leading you step by step, chronologically, through events, you can see how the persecution happened. As you go from room to room I felt my own emotions rising. Stepping inside the rail car and smelling it, made me feel my emotions more deeply than I had anticipated. I understood how Jews were lulled into getting into the rail car, hoping it was true they were being taken somewhere where they would not be treated as miserably as they were in the ghettos to which they were confined. By the time I reached the end of the exhibit, I was stunned into silence. At dinner afterward, we talked about how we could imagine some thing similar happening to other groups in today’s society. That was the scariest realization. This museum opened our eyes to how the holocaust happened and how it started with subtle steps.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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