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First Division Museum at Cantigny

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Address: 1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60187-6097
Phone Number: 630-668-5185
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Museum with interactive exhibits on the trenches of WWI, the beaches of...

Museum with interactive exhibits on the trenches of WWI, the beaches of WWII and the rice paddies of Vietnam.

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First hand accounts are important

The retired soldiers who volunteer here are wonderful storytellers. Our kids were quite taken with their stories. It was a great way to make history interesting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The retired soldiers who volunteer here are wonderful storytellers. Our kids were quite taken with their stories. It was a great way to make history interesting.

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend this museum for anyone but most especially for any war history buffs. A unique sensory experience in that you are physically transferred into each war setting and you see the field of battle from the soldier's point of view. Excellent detail is provided concerning the Big Red One's history.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum to me was the best thing about our stop to Cantigny. Very well done! I had no idea this museum was here until after our visit. A lot of history from many years before now. I can't imagine how long it took to get all of these displays set up and configured. Very well done indeed!

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Thank Bruce G
Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent war museum. The Colonel was a soldier in France during WW I (hence the name Cantigny). He built this First Division Museum as a memoir of his battle days. It's very excellent.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so impressed by this museum! The walk-though exhibits are very real-to-life, complete with sound effects and lighting. Makes you feel like you're really in the war zone. A perfect way to bring history to life for kids. Don't miss out on this museum. It's every bit as world class as the Chicago museums, only smaller. A great way... More 

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West Jordan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped by this past week. It is surrounded by about a dozen tanks and armored vehicles. It is a self guided tour of the history of the 1st Infantry Division from WWI through Operation Desert Storm. Great detail and very educational. I suggest you take your teen boy or girl here for some military history and... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Both inside and out the presentations are astounding. Tanks are scattered all over the property, and the war memorabilia inside is positioned in bunkers, trenches, war rooms etc. One of the best of it's kind I have ever seen.

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Champaign, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This was really fun for the kids in summer. About a dozen tanks in a park. Some placards, some vets hanging around and telling stories. Took up half a day of summer vacation, and well worth the time. Didn't pay to go inside. Seemed unnecessary.

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Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you have any inclination towards history, this is a pretty cool place. This is the story of the "Big Red One". Covers from WWI to present. They have a "Tank" park for kids of all ages to climb on. Most of the stuff is inside, but the tank park is outside - FYI. I go often since the grounds... More 

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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This is an excellent little museum dedicated to the European theater of WWII. Lots for kids to do, from climbing on vintage tanks and other big stuff on the grounds to the simulated life in the trenches inside the museum itself. Also includes simulated Viet experience. Also the only time I ever heard my 80 year old (at the time)... More 

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