First Division Museum at Cantigny

First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton

First Division Museum at Cantigny

First Division Museum at Cantigny
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Museum with interactive exhibits on the trenches of WWI, the beaches of WWII and the rice paddies of Vietnam.
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Dancebuster
Warrenville, IL8 contributions
Oct 2020
This museum has an interaction side and a walk though side. I would suggest the walk through side if you do not have time for both. On the interaction side there are VR headsets that take you on an army mission. There are tanks outside are kids can climb on. This activity can take 1-2 hours long.
Written March 24, 2021
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Connie G
Springfield, IL2 contributions
Mar 2021
We could have definitely stayed longer here - exhibits about the wars and conflicts were interactive and very appealing visually. We enjoyed the "new" section with video interviews of veterans. People of all ages can engage with this museum.
Written March 4, 2021
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Douglas H
Woodstock, IL1 contribution
Oct 2020
By far one of the best military museums I have visited. The tank displays outside the museum were exceptional with equipment from WWI to present day. The museum tour itself was equally great and despite being a military history enthusiast, I learned several new facts and stories that I had not previously been exposed to. Thank you Jessica for sharing the history of the 1st Division.
Written October 21, 2020
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Galajda
Ravenna, MI35 contributions
Sep 2020
The tanks outside were incredible to get up close to. My husband and son are huge military buffs and were impressed to see the tanks on display outside on the grounds. I myself tagged along but was not bored at all looking at the tanks. Inside the museum are wonderful displays depicting all phases of wars that the 1st was involved in. The grounds had wonderful gardens to wander through. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Written October 1, 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,431 contributions
Sep 2020
My father was a member of the 28th Infantry Regiment of the First Division of the U.S. Army, the famed Big Red One. He landed at Normandy on D-Day and served through the end of World War II. He kept a daily diary of his adventures. He was proud of his service and always enjoyed a visit to the First Division Museum in Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. My wife and I always make it a point to visit the grounds whenever we are in the vicinity. Located at 1S151 Winfield Road, off I-88 three miles north on Winfield Road, it is part of the Cantigny Park complex that includes the Robert McCormick house museum and a 27-hole public golf course. Open Wednesday through Sunday for limited time entry from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m., the First Division Museum is dedicated to the Big Red One, which Colonel McCormick served in during World War I. It presents a military history of the longest continuously serving division in the U.S. Army in WWI, WW II and Vietnam. There are life-size dioramas and interactive exhibits, including First In War, which covers the divisions service in WW I, WW II and Vietnam and Duty First, which explains training for First Division soldiers for all aspects of battle, counterinsurgency, deterrence, military assistance and peacekeeping. Outside, be sure to visit the Tank Park, which features tanks, trucks, jeeps and artillery from WW I to WW II to Korea to Vietnam to Desert Storm to Desert Shield. Most interesting is the M1917 Light Tank, the first official tank for the U.S. Army, the M24 Chaffee, the M41A3 Walker Bulldog, Pershing, Patton and M1 Abrams. My father, who was a dentist in the medical corps, loved to tell stories about how he and his staff converted a GMC CCKW 2 1/2-ton troop-carrying truck (one is on the grounds at Cantigny) into a dental office to follow the soldiers close to the front line. He earned a bronze star for his service.
Written September 24, 2020
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Iris
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Feb 2020
this place is great! it's small but very informative. i don't en up here often but i love it when i do
Written February 13, 2020
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Philip P
Orleans, MA87 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
This is an outstanding military history museum with excellent exhibits and an immersive experience for a trip through the trenches of WWI. It also has a collection of tanks and other military vehicles outside that one can climb on and learn about. They also have many special events throughout the year with a military history theme. The McCormick mansion and gardens are on the same property and are great to visit too.
Written December 29, 2019
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Michael Naven
Aurora, IL30 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
This museum has put together a nice little stroll through history. The WWI set really makes you feel like you are in the trenches. You stroll through WWI WW2 Vietnam and Iraq. The museum has a nice collection of armor surrounding the building. Kids love climbing over the tanks.
Written December 14, 2019
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Cheryl S
1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Friends
Very extensive and well done. Been to other military museums. This one is quite good and the price is right: free!

Written December 10, 2019
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Annaline
Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
There is not many museums dedicated to World War I in US or Chicagoland area. And actually McCormick made sure it exists and the sacrifices are not forgotten.
Written November 11, 2019
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