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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 14 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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Troy
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I normally don't care for museums but since I was with a group of veterans I went along. I have to say I was amazed at the exhibits. You actually walk through a WW1 trench (without the mud). Having served in the Army, I've often heard about the "Big Red One" but this place was dedicated to the unit that... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Re live history when you walk in the doors. Life size reenactments of history of this First Division as they worked to protect freedom through the history of the United States.

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Charlotte, NC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum was amazing - fantastic- interactive - incredible. I can't say enough good things. My eight-year old was enthralled by the exhibits, and he has been there 3x this summer. For the incredibly low fee of $5, your whole carload is allowed to enter the park and visit any exhibit or garden that they want. Don't miss the tanks... More

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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94 reviews 94 reviews
51 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
43 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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