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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 2013
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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La Grange, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The grounds are extensive and beautiful with lots of flowers. The restaurant is relatively inexpensive with good food. The mansion provides a good overview of the history of the place.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

What a fabulous museum in beautiful Cantigny. Could spend hours here. Very well maintained. Every time I visit, I learn something new.

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CHICAGO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Located in Cantigny, the 1st Div Museum walks you through the history beginning in the town of Cantigny during WWI. Very interactive, though a bit scary for young kids at times.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

the 1st division museum is a museum in wheaton,illinois. it has 3 exhibits.the first one is about individual soldiers in the first division who served in: wwi,wwii,the cold war,vietnam,the gulf war,and iraq.it has artifacts and short mini-bios of the soldiers.the second exhibit (which is longer) explains interesting details of those wars through movies,model battlefields and buildings,pictures,and artifacts.the 3rd exhibit is... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

PROS: amazing dioramas and exhibits; detailed information about different wars; fantastic tanks on the grounds! ; free; the building is divided into 2 exhibits: the exhibit about the individuals of the First Division from different wars and the dioramas from WW1, WW2, Vietnam war. CONS: none

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Kankakee, Illinois
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My family just discovered this great park. It has a lot of activities scheduled through the year for the kids. We attended on History Comes Alive on Thursdays and my kids got to do crafts, learn games and dress as a civil war soldier. The museum is great and not your ordinary museum. The grounds has a tank park where... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Very well done and free when you visit Cantigney. It takes about an hour to go trough. It is a long walk from the main house but they do have a small shuttle that will give you a ride.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

No expense has been spared in detailing and delivering one of the most exciting and educational museums that is dedicated with an enormous level of respect for those that have served and given their all for our country! So realistic, delivers great details and is the place to go to in Dupage county.

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Wheaton, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a must for history buffs and brings history to life for children. My grandchildren, especially the boys and even the girls, love this place. I've learned a lot also.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great place to view many artifacts from WW1 and WW2. There are many large pieces of artillery outdoors in a park like setting surrounding the Museum. The Museum itself is excellent with some vary realistic battle panoramas from some famous conflicts that the First Division was a part of.

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