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National Veterans Art Museum

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Address: 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641
Phone Number: (312) 326-0270
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Description: The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection...
The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. With more than 2,000 pieces of art in the permanent collection, the National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service. Artists who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Global War on Terror give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war. In addition, the museum provides veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.
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Powerful, a living memorial to those who served

Whenever I think of this museum, I think of the hanging dog tags from the ceiling, that you can get right next to when on the top floor. That alone is worth the visit. I have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2012
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Troy, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Really enjoyed the 100 faces of war exhibit! This is a must visit for anyone who has served our country or respects those who do - aka everyone. It was so interesting reading the different stories of those who have served and even died for our freedom. I would recommend planning at least 1-2 hours when visiting and of course... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Note as of 2013 the museum has moved to iys new location at: National Veterans Art Museum 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60641

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The museum is a great idea but who in god's name decided to plant in in the middle of one of the dumpiest and crime-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago. For blocks around the museum is empty shuttered businesses one after the other. Even the old Portage Theatre id closed down. All I worried about while we were looking around in there... More 

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Marshall, Minnesota, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Way off the beaten path, for sure take train from downtown and then get on a taxi. BUT so worth the time!! it was an incredibly moving museum, reminded me of the feelings I had when I visited the Vietnam Wall. made me really appreciate the service these men and women gave; however, the museum is small and not a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Whenever I think of this museum, I think of the hanging dog tags from the ceiling, that you can get right next to when on the top floor. That alone is worth the visit. I have visited the memorial in Washington, D.C. that honors the fallen in this war and I also find it powerful to visit a museum filled... More 

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Sonoran Desert
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

This museum features art created by veterans of the Vietnam war, as well as recent conflicts. It is located on the 3rd floor of the building. When you enter into the lobby, look up and see over 58,000 dog tags, each representing a fallen service man or woman from Vietnam. The gallery itself is small, but is filled with images,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2009

I visit the city often and was intrigued by this museum as it was my generations war. This is not a great museum nor is it for everyone. But I was glad I came. I really feel it is an example of arts healing ability. If you fought this war, or lived through it, or it touched you in some... More 

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