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Pritzker Military Museum & Library

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Pritzker Military Museum & Library

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Patricia M wrote a review Feb 2020
7 contributions3 helpful votes
My beau and I spent an hour or more wandering through two floors of well arranged photos and text about the end of WWII in both pacific and European battlefields. His dad served in the pacific, mine in Normandy-Austria, so we both stood to learn a great deal, I was pleasantly surprised at the low charge ($5/apiece) and the building itself is a real Chicago gem.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jennifer E wrote a review Dec 2019
Wilmington, North Carolina22 contributions3 helpful votes
My family loved our stop here. The $5 admission fee is very reasonable. Kids are free. The building is beautiful and the staff very helpful.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Taylor B wrote a review Nov 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,633 contributions5,564 helpful votes
It has been said, by some reviewers, that the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago is more library than museum. And that might be true. But there is such a treasure trove of rare and interesting books, including a sizable collection relating to Winston Churchill, that it is worth a trip to spend time in the Rare Book Reading Room to catch up on history that dates to the 1600s and 1700s and 1800s that you can't find anywhere else. Located at 104 South Michigan Avenue, on the second floor, it was founded in 2003 for the study of "the citizen soldier as an essential element for the preservation of democracy." The collection features over 115,000 items, including more than 67,000 books, as well as periodicals, videos, artwork, posters and rare military ephemera, over 9,000 photographs and glass negatives from the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War to the present, letters and journals from American soldiers, newspaper cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper artist Bill Mauldin, war-related sheet music and many materials relating to Churchill. Another fascinating exhibit are two World War II diaries donated to the museum by Chicagoan Sam Gevirtz, who served on the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. If you are a historian, especially related to the Civil War and World War I and II, if you are interested in such subjects as Civil War regimental histories or military aviation or World War II unit histories, even Soviet history, the Pritzker beckons.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Anonymous855 wrote a review Jun 2019
Trabuco Canyon, California1,284 contributions486 helpful votes
This may be a library but if you are there for a museum aspect, skip it. We have been to many small military museums with much more to offer. Not even a veterans discount. The external building is gorgeous but you don't have to go up to the museum to enjoy that part.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Georgann2nd wrote a review Jun 2019
Villa Park, Illinois142 contributions69 helpful votes
We went on Memorial Day when they have free entry. We were glad it was free b/c while we certainly appreciated what they are trying to do in the beautiful old building, honestly, there wasn’t all that much to see. What there was was well done and Interesting. We went during a WWI exhibit. The library looked quite nice and well stocked.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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