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First Division Museum at Cantigny

1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60187-6097
630-668-5185
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Wheaton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
Description: Museum with interactive exhibits on the trenches of WWI, the beaches of WWII and the rice paddies of Vietnam.
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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Trace the contributions of soldiers in the famous First Division. Especially moving are the displays of WWI and WWII, but the displays also bring it up to date with Vietnam and the Gulf Wars. In a beautiful park setting, don't miss the motor pool area.

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Chicago
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I am not a big military person but loved this place and the history it shows. The garden and land is lovely. The mansion was OK.

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El Paso, Tx
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Exploring the First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois is an eye-opening experience. Visitors get an interactive historical and educational experience in learning about the history of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division - the proud history of the "Big Red One"! This museum is a great tribute to our men and women who have served and continue to... More

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Chicago, IL
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a very well done museum at Cantigny Park. You walk through a simulation of the bunkers of Cantigny and hear the sounds of war from the bunker. Then walk through the other lifesize dioramas of battlefields where the First Division saw action. A very well done museum.

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Tampa
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51 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Free to enter after you pay to get in the estate for $5/per carload. Tanks outside of this building are interesting and fun for the kids to play on/take pics with. The exhibit itself is very well done, the move of D-day and then walking on the 'beach' after was terrific - so was the WW I trench. Very informative... More

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Washington DC
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130 reviews 130 reviews
37 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Historically it is one of the best museums of its genre. The first time I came here I was in grammar school on a field trip - now I come back periodically to remind myself of history - and to relate to how war has always been with us but has never been the answer.

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Sebastian, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

Kids can climb on tanks and will enjoy the museum exhibits too! I visited with a group of educators for a weekend seminar. I learned so much by walking around the grounds and viewing the military exhibits. It is truly a family museum that everyone will enjoy.

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Chicago, Illinois
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226 attraction reviews
587 helpful votes 587 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

PROS: high quality permanent exhibits plus an annual one that will open May this year. You can have dog tags made inside from an antique machine. Great selection of tanks outside the museum. They also have a couple inside. Videos depicting the different wars can be seen inside. A great adjunct to seeing the Mansion in the other side of... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

it's a great location, the museum is excellent and if you have young kids then they can climb on the tanks!

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Wheaton, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

You can get a good idea of what is was like in the trenches in WWI at this museum. If you are interested in this historical period, this is a great place to see some interesting exhibits. They also have displays that change periodically on different aspects of that time period. And there are lots of tanks both old and... More

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