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Illinois Holocaust Museum

Sponsor Message: 

Take history to heart. Take a stand for humanity.

Travel through history as you explore life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Step into an authentic German rail car. “Meet” an interactive 3D Survivor hologram and ask questions about their story. Visit impressive galleries that explore Holocaust and social justice topics in more detail. Reflect in quiet contemplative spaces, both indoors and out. Leave inspired to make a difference and take a stand for humanity. 

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s mission is expressed in its founding principle: “Remember the Past, Transform the Future.” This mission is fulfilled through the Museum’s exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives that promote universal human rights and the elimination of genocide.

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Current Exhibitions (Virtual & On-Site Tours Available!)

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. With interactive displays and immersive environments, including a recreation of Mandela’s cell on Robben Island, Mandela promotes human rights with a central message: all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Open through September 12, 2021. More about the exhibit. On-site and virtual group tours available! Contact grouptours@ilhmec.org for more information

Zev & Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition seamlessly weaves history with local Chicagoland Survivor narratives and over 500 artifacts to create a highly personal experience. The exhibit has a special focus on post-war life in Skokie, Illinois, which once had the largest per capita population of Holocaust Survivors outside of Israel, and its role in sparking the Museum’s creation.  Ongoing exhibition. More about the exhibit. On-site and virtual group tours available! Contact grouptours@ilhmec.org for more information.

Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience allows visitors to “meet” an interactive 3D hologram of a Holocaust Survivor. High-definition interview recordings paired with voice recognition technology enables Survivors to tell their personal stories and respond to questions from the audience. What will you ask them? Ongoing exhibition. More about the exhibit. On-site group tours available! Contact grouptours@ilhmec.org for more information.

They Shall Be Counted: The Theresienstadt Ghetto Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly is a gallery of original artworks by Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, created while imprisoned in Theresienstadt (Terezin) Ghetto. Before liquidation, Lichtblau-Leskly cut his artwork into pieces and his wife hid them under the barrack floorboards. They retrieved the pieces after liberation, and Lichtblau-Leskly reworked them into watercolor illustrations while living in Israel after the war. Both original sketches and full-size artworks are on display. Open through July 15, 2021. More about the exhibit. On-site and virtual group tours available! Contact grouptours@ilhmec.org for more information

Upcoming Exhibitions

Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust sheds light on a lesser-known moment in Holocaust history. European Jews, shut out of country after country while fleeing Nazi persecution, found hope in an unlikely place: Shanghai, China. In 1946, American photojournalist Arthur Rothstein began documenting the lives of Jewish refugees who called Hongkew District “home,” creating a moving tribute to human endurance. Open July 15, 2021. On-site and virtual group tours available! Contact grouptours@ilhmec.org for more information.

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement explores the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village as the flashpoint that ignited the modern gay rights movement in the United States. Through powerful artifacts, photography, and historic print publications, the exhibit explores key moments in gay rights history and popular culture’s role influencing attitudes about the LGBTQ community. Open October 17, 2021. On-site and virtual group tours available! Contact grouptours@ilhmec.org for more information.

Visitor Information

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center inspires all ages to take a stand against hatred, prejudice, and indifference. The Museum is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm, with last entry at 4 pm. Please reserve tickets online.

A series of procedures has been established to ensure the safety of all guests, volunteers, and staff, including temperature checks and requiring masks to be worn while inside the building. More information can be found on the Museum’s website.

Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit

Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit

Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit

Locations

9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL 60077
United States