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Illinois Holocaust Museum

9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Skokie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Most recent review
- Jul 11, 2014
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Sullivan, Illinois, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Very modern building and displays. Accurate and respectful, this museum does an excellent job teaching about the Holocaust through visually stimulating displays. The stunning exterior tells a part of the story as well, and the fountain outside should not be missed. Look carefully while you are there...there are many aspects that are powerful and might be missed if you rush.... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Intimacy is what I felt as I heard the survivors' stories, some in their own voices. I've been to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and I've been to Dachau. Both of those sites present the feel, the history, the reality, but the Illinois museum put me into the minds and hearts of those who experienced the horrors of the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

While one is overwhelmed by the subject materiel, one is not overwhelmed by the length of the exhibits. You get the story with enough artifacts and videos to give over the basic story. They have special exhibits on a rotating basis as well. Very well designed museum.

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Northbrook, Illinois, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I went to the Illinois Holocaust Museum as part of a group tour with my women's club last year, then wanted to revisit it on my own so I could spend some more time watching the videos and reading about all the different artifacts. It's a somber place, as it memorializes a tragic event in history -- but it is... More

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Chicago, Illinois
16 reviews 16 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We recently took our 8th grade daughter and 6th grade son to the museum. The 8th grader just finished studying the Holocaust at school and we wanted to make sure she really understood the knowledge she was presented at a deeper level. The museum took her native knowledge and reinforced it in a way that lead to a more "felt"... More

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San Antonio, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I have been staying in the Hampton Inn just up the street for the past two years, so this time my husband and I made time to visit. My husband is really into history, and I expected it to be like any other museum. I found the content presented in a fascinating way. I personally don't like studying anything that... More

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Central Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I haven't visited this museum since it first opened and was surprised how much it has grown/improved. We spend a rainy afternoon here - I had planned on spending about 1-2 hours here but we were all shocked when we realized we had been here over 4 hours when they announced the museum would be closing in 30 minutes. I... More

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Oxford, Massachusetts
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132 reviews 132 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

On my last day in Chicago, after seeing ads repeatedly on the El, I decided to stop at this museum. From first glance, the exterior almost looked like a Concentration Camp. After checking with security, we began to walk the halls of the museum. The only reason why I didn't give this 5 stars was that there were very little... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We came to Chicago to visit other museums, this was one that we didn't know about before coming. I'm so glad I saw the sign when exiting the highway for our hotel. This museum did a great job expressing the tragedies that were and how we can avoid another genocide.

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Fayetteville, Ohio, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We went to Chicago specifically to visit this museum, and I was more than impressed. Studying Holocaust Education in college my standards are quite high. However, this provided everything from a passenger train cart to Holocaust art and literature. It is a haunting visit, that will sadden and uplift you. Although, outside of Chicago, their location has meaning. Skokie was... More

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