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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
Description: 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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Well done portrayal of history

Museum is well laid out with a passage of time recording significant US historic battles fought by the 1st. Infantry. One walks through well designed time environments that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Wheaton, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Best going through on Memorial Day with my dad, a Korean War veteran. Proud Americans. We all enjoyed it, but wished there was a Korean War section.

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Have visited this museum twice, once with my father a wwii vet and once with friends from the Vietnam vet era. Very informative and interesting exhibits. I expected to be bored since I am not a fan of military museums, but honestly this one is well done and very interesting. And, there are some tanks outside the museum with good... More 

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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Museum is well laid out with a passage of time recording significant US historic battles fought by the 1st. Infantry. One walks through well designed time environments that recognize the bravery and hardships of that infantry. Outside around the museum grounds there are numerous tanks displayed. My children grew up climbing around these tanks whenever we made our picnic trips... More 

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Galway, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very well-designed museum dedicated to the legendary 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Fascinating exhibits and interactive displays capture the proud history of the “Big Red One” and are captivating for adults and young people alike. Walk through a World War I trench with the sounds of shells exploding overhead. Sit in a landing craft as soldiers storm Omaha... More 

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

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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17 helpful votes 17 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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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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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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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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9 helpful votes 9 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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