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Polish Museum of America

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Address: 984 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642-4101
Phone Number: 773-384-3352
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The oldest ethnic museum in America also has one of the largest collections...

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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Great Way To Spend A couple of Hours

While visiting our daughter in Chicago we stopped here since my Husband and I are both of Polish decent and we really enjoyed it. The guide was very informative and we learned... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2016
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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

While visiting our daughter in Chicago we stopped here since my Husband and I are both of Polish decent and we really enjoyed it. The guide was very informative and we learned quite a lot while touring. They have some great artifacts.

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Okoboji, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

A mostly independent look through this museum was great! We did have to wait a little for a person to walk up with us at one point. But it was very interesting to see all the different items they have. I wasn't expecting it to be so big for some reason. Probably not very fun for very young kids. But... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

When we discovered there's a Polish museum in Chicago, we said we have to check it out. Thanks to Zosia (spelling?) for showing us the main exhibits and Fred for guiding us through the Paderewki collection - check out the bronze casting of his hand - it's huge! I also loved the poster collection. We had a blast! Fred is... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

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... More 

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

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... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

The Polish Museum is essentially a bunch of artifacts donated to the museum in the early 20th century. The museum doesn't seem to have updated much of its collection since then. The museum is about 75% Polish history and 25% Polish-American history. It's worth a short stop (about an hour) if in the neighborhood.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

the only polish museum in Chicago, has special room dedicated to Paderewski, one room full of paintings. in the main chamber, there are special events going on from time to time, like concerts, movie projections or exhibitions.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

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... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

WOW! If of Polish heritage, and even if not, you must stop by here. They have a special room dedicated to Paderewski, which are his personal items, most donated by his sister. Woodcarvings and photographs are excellent. The artwork sent to the 1939 Chicago Exhibit remained here. Just a beautiful, well kept museum! While there, stop next door and visit... More 

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