Polish Museum of America

Polish Museum of America, Chicago: Hours, Address, Polish Museum of America Reviews: 4/5

Polish Museum of America
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The oldest ethnic museum in America also has one of the largest collections of Polish artifacts and archives outside of Poland.
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Lisa R
Davenport, IA8 contributions
Couples
What a wonderful surprise. Our son suggested a visit to the PMA when we were in town.
We spent a great afternoon learning so much about Polish history, it’s impact on America and viewing some beautiful art. Beata was a wonderful tour guide!
We would highly recommend this experience.
Written March 27, 2022
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Janice G
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Fabulous museum. Tour guide was excellent and passionate about Poland and the exhibits. Many beautiful pieces of art and history straight from the New York 1939 World's Fair. The museum purchased the artifacts and has kept them alive. The inside is much larger than I thought it would be. Provides a great slice of Polish history. It truly is a hidden gem that more people need to know about!

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Written July 3, 2022
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361yoshi
Osaka, Japan59 contributions
Solo
Not many people even including intellectual Chicagoans knows this place has great Ignacy Jan Paderewski Collection including the feather pen used for signing on Treaty of Versailles. This is essential to understand our history not withstanding our roots and current world.
This museum is tiny, however, their Paderewski Room acquired from Buckingham Palace Hotel on 57th Street and America's Avenue on donation is makes you lose words.
Among them, the feather pen Prime Minister Paderewski used for signing on Treaty of Versailles is beyond descriptions. Neither that you are allowed to take pictures nor a close to the precise photo of this feather pen that tells you its dignity and beauty is available on Internet. So, you have to visit this museum. You never regret spending your time in the Paderewski Room.
Written April 9, 2016
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Annaline
Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
Solo
I'm Polish so I'm here at least few times a year to attend a lot of events organized by Polish Museum and by other Polish organizations. Downstairs there is a very resourceful library which is celebrating 100 years this year. And on the 3rd floor there is a large hall (main room) where events are hosted. A lot of different temporary expositions are happening here. It is worth to check a lot of artifacts tied to Polonia (Polish-Americans) history.
Written October 3, 2015
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Maureen A
Hartland, WI65 contributions
Family
Wow, what an incredible museum! We learned so much about the Polish-American heritage and it's significance in the Chicago area. The staff was very informative and extremely kind. We were treated like family during our visit and went out of their way to make the experience memorable.
Written August 27, 2015
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Andrea B
4 contributions
Solo
Had meant to visit this museum for years. Did not expect a docent tour, but was happy that Bascia was generous and giving with her first-hand knowledge of Poland and its culture. I learned a lot and walked away hungry for more of my Polish history. I plan to return to visit the library. The museum has historical artifacts as well as a small, but beautiful, art collection.
Written February 13, 2019
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GR8aunt1
Melb22 contributions
Solo
Don’t be put off by the location or age of the building, that is part of the charm. A really interesting slice of immigration history. Mt visit was greatly enhanced with a tour which helped me understand parts of the exhibit and the struggles of building new live while promoting the right of Poland to be heard.
This is not a slick museum but it is heartfelt
Written March 17, 2018
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Judy W
Bloomfield, IN119 contributions
Friends
The parking lot was empty and there was construction on the exterior of the business. My three sisters and I traveled into the city to visit the museum. But when we arrived at the location, we questioned whether or not we were at the right place, and if it was open. We decided to be brave and walk around the front to find out. We found the correct door, and walked inside. As we walked in, a woman opened a couple gates to the gift shop. She guided us to the counter where we paid our entry fee. There was one fee for the museum, and a separate fee if we wanted to see a presentation. We opted for just the museum. he told us to take the elevator to the 3rd floor and we would find a gentleman there to guide us around.
We got to the third floor to find a wide open room, with artifacts and art displayed around the perimeter. There was a presentation area in the center, but I didn't quite understand what the presentation would give us. (I recently visited a museum that had a video presentation going on replay all day. I think that would have been a better idea, rather than try to get us to pay more to see whatever this was).
We perused the room fairly quick, and were not highly impressed. It appeared to be mostly art, with just a few specific display cases. Very little about Casimir Pulaski, and just a small display about Pope John Paul II. There was a separate small "Maritime" room with some ship models. We then went up some stairs to see more art, in a specific art room.
Back down on the 3rd floor, one of the gentlemen seated at a side desk guided us down a set of stairs to a separate medium sized room which focused on Paderewski (Ignacy Jan Paderewski), Polish composer who lived much of his later years in the U.S.
Paderewski was wealthy and left a good amount of money to the museum, which I understand is why they created an entire room about him. The gentleman who took us down there said he would be willing to give us an overview if we wanted and we said we did. That was the best part of the trip. He was able to tell us things we wouldn't have determined by reading little cards next to displays.
Overall, the museum was o.k. We wished there was more about culture and food and how Polish people impacted the Chicago we know today. The art was mostly wall paintings, and I felt like there wasn't enough "craft" art. It was kind of gloomy.
I think all Polish Americans should visit to have their own experience.
Written July 31, 2017
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sunshineyd
Olympia, Wa30 contributions
Friends
What a treat. This was the first museum we visited during our stay in Chicago. If you are looking for quirky, personalized tour kinda place, then this is for you. Most of their items are from the World Fair. You will get a personal tour guide (which it appears will either discuss items with you or let you discover and look without discussion (in short the choice is yours on the type of tour you want). My mom and I got lucky with our tour guide, who was from Poland, and planning on getting her masters. She was fantastic, not only of her knowledge but also of her personal life story. Well worth a visit if you are into small discoveries. And if you are lucky you will get our tour guide. Our tour guide had great recommendations to the best Polish resturants, and neighborhoods (red apple restaurant and nearby meat markets were fantastic).
Written October 12, 2016
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eec317
Wisconsin185 contributions
Solo
Worth the admission fee because there is a lot to see and learn here. My favorite part was the exhibit on the Pope, especially seeing the pictures of him visiting the museum! The experience was a little odd as I was the only visitor, so after pressing a button in the lobby to find her, the museum guide accompanied me around to the different rooms and told me about them and then left me to wander. It was a bit awkward telling her when I wanted to move on, especially when she was distracted by talking to a coworker. I think this museum might work better as a totally self guided tour, but I did appreciate all of the information she gave me.
Written February 23, 2016
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