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

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Wheaton, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fantastic place to teach the children and adults alike about the military. Some great interactive displays. some very cool memorabilia also. Great to read about the tanks outside and the landing craft they just acquired last year.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is a first rate museum. Extremely well done and rivals larger museums for which you would pay a large entry fee. Very well done and appealing to all levels, whether children or adult, history buff or not.

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Troy
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
75 helpful votes 75 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
5 helpful votes 5 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
66 helpful votes 66 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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