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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

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9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL 60077-1095
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Oakton–SkokieChicago L44 min
Dempster–SkokieChicago L26 min
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Annemarie K wrote a review Aug 2020
15 contributions4 helpful votes
Worth taking the train and visiting this outstanding museum. It’s both detailed and experimental and painstakingly detailed. Perfect in every way. Plan on spending at least 3 hours.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Annemarie K wrote a review Aug 2020
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Amazing displays on Holocaust history, very detailed and captivating. One of the finest Holocaust museums. If you visit Chicago, this tour should be a must. Also a fabulous exhibit on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thank you for this experience!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Debbie A wrote a review Aug 2020
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We went to the museum largely because we wanted to see the Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibit. Although that was a nice exhibit (a little smaller than we expected), it was the main exhibit on the Holocaust that left us deeply moved and talking afterward. We visited the Ginsburg exhibit first. Then we went to the theater and saw the survivor’s story. It adds so much to the experience to see a survivor speaking, as a hologram, to you. It was intimate and because you could ask questions directly to the survivor. It felt like a conversation. That set the stage for our visit to the main holocaust exhibit. Leading you step by step, chronologically, through events, you can see how the persecution happened. As you go from room to room I felt my own emotions rising. Stepping inside the rail car and smelling it, made me feel my emotions more deeply than I had anticipated. I understood how Jews were lulled into getting into the rail car, hoping it was true they were being taken somewhere where they would not be treated as miserably as they were in the ghettos to which they were confined. By the time I reached the end of the exhibit, I was stunned into silence. At dinner afterward, we talked about how we could imagine some thing similar happening to other groups in today’s society. That was the scariest realization. This museum opened our eyes to how the holocaust happened and how it started with subtle steps.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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53Ruta_R wrote a review Jul 2020
Chicago, Illinois396 contributions27 helpful votes
For this visit, it was required that patrons purchase tickets prior to the visit. The Museum had been closed due to covid-19 and had just reopened. Social distancing in place, masks required, temperature checked once entering, and traffic moved in one direction. On to the museum itself. Very informative and a lot of information/history. It was a Weekday morning and spent about an hour and a half there. I could have spent more time, however some sections were intentionally closed or had no activity .
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Rosemarie C wrote a review Dec 2019
Webster, New York75 contributions28 helpful votes
The exhibits are very informative and thought-provoking. They are a good combination of visuals, artifacts, and written information. The hologram experience is particularly well-done - the combination of survivor stories and technology/artificial intelligence is really impressive. Takes several hours to see everything; you will leave feeling overwhelmed and saddened, but more knowledgeable about this horrific time in history.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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