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Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Ranked #151 of 671 things to do in Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street on floors two through four of the historic Monroe Building in Chicago's Loop. Situated across the street from Millennium Park (home to Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountain) and the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum & Library is a unique institution – part military history and information center, part museum – open to the public with an extensive collection of books, artifacts and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. Visitors can also participate in live television show recordings in the Museum & Library's state of the art broadcast center. The Museum & Library is a center where citizens and active duty military and veterans come together to learn from each other, about military history and the role of the Armed Forces in today’s society.
Reviewed November 20, 2013

My son took me to the November 15 presentation called, "On War: Exploring 20th Century Conflict". It was terrific. We were mightily impressed with Tim O'Brien, Karl Marlantes, Paul Herbert, and Allan Millett. All were eloquent and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we could not stay for the balance of the program on WW II and WW I.

The facilities were outstanding. It cost megabucks to renovate this space and it is all first class.

Definitely a winner and Chicago should be proud to claim it.

Thank Edward M
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Did a small group tour with friends (mostly men) Had no intention of doing more than smiling and getting it over with - but the guide was fascinating- it's a library- it has displays and audiotorium, interview space, artwork, a gallery space- the buidling has been entirely renovated down to the original arts and crafts tile in the lobby. The history of the founder (military career/ black shhep of the family/ collector and keeper of books as family members died) and the purpose of the museum (educating the public about all aspects of conflict)

Thank laurieask
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

A very inspiring museum with eclectic displays. The posters are incredible. They qualify as history, art, propaganda - hard to completely define them!

Did not stay for any events, but they look intriguing. I plan to check out their website for details, and may request some of their books through their interlibrary loan.

Very friendly staff and $5 to browse around in a beautiful building is well worth it!

1  Thank Phil T
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

For a $5 dollar entrance fee, there is literally a treasure trove of books at your fingertips. They have exhibits also that change often and seminars by historians and veterans. I stopped in for a peek but would like to come back for the seminars. They have tons of artifacts stored at other warehouses. Personally, I think a bigger venue is called for. It's amazing how they amassed so much literature and mementos. But, the facility is well maintained and the man at the desk who buzzes you in is an asset to the establishment. I would have gladly paid more but I wish I could have seen more. But, the books are endless.

Thank roadtripperAmerica
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

It's the only military library like it in the United States. All other military libraries are on military bases that are off-limit to civilians.
Membership is really the way to go. Except for a few very special events, you are able to see the programs on site for free. Non-member admission is currently $5.00 per person. Program admission for non-members is $10.00 per person.
They have books on wars dating back beore the American Revolution. They also have books in several languages. An example - Russian, Gernan, Polish, Chinese and many others. They also have permanent and temporary exhibits of art and artifacts.
The programs are informative. The authors that come in to talk about their books are excellent. Where else can you here Sir Max Hastings talk about Winston Churhill for the price. They have their previous programs available on the web-site. The Medal of Honor Series is very moving. As you listen to the Medal of Honor recipients talk about what they did, you realize they were just servicemen doing what needed to be done. They are humble lot. Everyone of them has said he wears the Medal "for those that did not return. Those who will be forever young." If you're not a member, you can get books sent to you through your local library inter-library loan system. They also have an Oral History program. Veterans can come in and be interviewed about their military experiences. The veterans stories are being lost everyday. Especially the stories of WWII and Korean War veterans. The library is a great source for research by students and authors.
Go to their web-site and see for yourself.

2  Thank Christine H
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