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General All-Inclusive Museum Admission

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Skokie, US
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Skokie, US
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Discover the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, an award-winning attraction that promises an unforgettable journey through history. Step into an authentic German rail car, explore galleries and contemplative spaces, both indoors and out, and immerse yourself in the stories of those who were lost during the Holocaust. Experience the emotional impact of meeting virtual Holocaust Survivors through the museum's holographic theater, where survivors share their personal stories and engage in one-on-one conversations. Additionally, discover two temporary exhibits, the Take a Stand Center and the Make A Difference! youth exhibition, which focuses on character education for young visitors. By visiting this museum, you will not only honor the memories of those who suffered but also gain important insights that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference. Open Wednesdays - Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is a must-visit destination for those seeking to make a difference and stand for humanity.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 2 hours - 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Explore life before, during, and after the Holocaust
  • Step into an authentic German rail car
  • Meet virtual Holocaust Survivors
  • Visit impressive galleries and contemplative spaces
  • Leave inspired to make a difference
  • Self-guided audio tours
  • 3-D Holographic Survivor Stories Experience (reserve upon arrival)
  • The Journey Back Virtual Reality Experience (reserve upon arrival)
  • None

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Introduction

Immerse yourself in a powerful journey of remembrance and transformation with the Skip the Line: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Ticket. This award-winning attraction, situated in Illinois, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust and teaching vital lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference. With its mission to "Remember the Past, Transform the Future," the museum offers an unforgettable experience that will leave visitors inspired to make a difference and stand up for humanity.

What to expect?

During your visit, you can anticipate traveling through history as you explore life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Step into an authentic German rail car, where stories of resilience and survival unfold. The Museum also houses impressive galleries and contemplative spaces, both indoors and out, allowing you to reflect upon the profound impact of this dark chapter in history. One unmissable experience is the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience exhibition, where holographic theater technology brings virtual Holocaust Survivors to life. Engage in personalized, one-on-one conversations with survivors as they share deeply moving personal stories and respond to your questions.

Who is this for?

The Skip the Line: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Ticket is for individuals of all ages who seek to understand and honor the memories of those who perished during the Holocaust. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a student, or simply someone with a desire to combat prejudice and hatred, this museum is for you. Families, educators, and anyone striving to make a positive difference in the world will find value in this transformative experience.

Why book this?

Booking this ticket allows you to bypass the line, ensuring seamless entry to the museum and maximizing your time for exploration and reflection. By visiting the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, you contribute to the preservation of history and the spreading of crucial lessons. As you listen to the stories of survivors and immerse yourself in the exhibits, you will gain a deep understanding of the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust and be inspired to combat intolerance in today's world.

Good to know

The museum is open to the public Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm, with the last entry at 4:00 pm. Plan your visit accordingly to fully absorb the exhibits and experiences. Take your time and allow yourself to be moved by the powerful messages conveyed throughout the museum. Remember to bring your curiosity, empathy, and a desire to learn.

Reviews

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has garnered immense appreciation from visitors who have been profoundly impacted by their experience. Guests commend the museum for its emotional storytelling, the authenticity of its exhibits, and the interactive and thought-provoking nature of the holographic survivor conversations. Many reviewers express how the museum has forever changed their perspectives on the importance of combating hatred and prejudice. This must-visit attraction receives widespread acclaim for its ability to educate, inspire, and foster empathy.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Your Itinerary

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

The 65,000-square-foot Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is a museum that serves as a memorial to families that perished during the Holocaust and the additional millions lost but also where young minds learn the terrible dangers of prejudice and hatred. When coming to the Museum, visitors have a range of experiences to explore. They can meet virtual Holocaust Survivors at the Museum’s Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience exhibition, featuring our holographic theater, where technology enables Survivor holograms to tell their deeply moving personal stories and respond to questions from the audience, inviting visitors to a personalized, one-on-one conversation. They also can explore 2 temporary exhibits, the Take a Stand Center, our core Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition and our children's exhibition, Make A Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition, for ages 8-12 and with a focus on character education.

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Reviews

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5 (18)

illinoistravelere

There is no cafeteria inside. There are vending machines in lower level with soft drinks, chocolate, snacks, etc. There are a number of good restaurants in the nearby Old Orchard mall. Simply keep your admission tickets and show them at the entrance when you return. Be sure to get back before 4:00 when the doors close. The museum is open till 5:00. Currently, masks encouraged but not required. See my earlier review (Ma 29, 2022) for more details, including the history.

illinoistravelere

I have been visiting the Holocaust Museum since its beginnings as a small store-front facility on Main Street in Skokie. I think it was a dentist's office before that. The original building is still standing and I marvel every time I drive by at the concept of "The Little Museum That Could" -- now the third largest holocaust museum in the world. Yes, you read that right -- in the world. Here's the back story: Neo-nazis attempted to march in Skokie in 1978 but were stopped by a last-minute court injunction. The attempted Skokie March galvanized a group of local Shoah survivors who knew that the strongest weapon against bigotry is education. They rented office space on Dempster and eventually moved into the Main Street location in 1984. School groups came to visit and a speakers bureau was established to reach those who couldn't visit in person. ' They raised funds for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising memorial which was erected in 1987 on the Village Green between the Skokie Public Library and the Village Hall. There are ashes from Auschwitz buried behind the monument. In 2009 the current state-of-the-art Museum building opened. All multimedia is captioned and resources are available for the visually impaired. Docent-led tours are available in four languages (Spanish, Russian, French, and Hebrew). For me, the highlight is the hologram exhibit, which is computer generated; is changed every month; and is included in the cost of your ticket. You will experience an interactive, 3-D survivor testimony. The schedule right now spotlights Pinchas Gutter till the end of May; Aaron Elster from June 1 - 30; and Renee Firestone from July 1-31. The amazing technology allows members of the audience to hear the survivors' stories and to ask them questions. (Pinchas Gutter will sing a song for you.) The last time I was there the volunteer docent rephrased some of the questions in order to include the correct trigger words. Museum admission is free on the last Friday of every month in 2022. See my earlier review (August 20, 2022) for more details.

BonnieTuyls

I loved the hologram theater with Fritzi! She was such a genuine, loving, compassionate person. It was rather difficult to listen to all that she had to go through. I cannot imagine the fear that they all went through.

Mia_E

It was a nice museum. We downloaded the app and had our headphones in listening. We learned a lot of stuff that we didn’t know before. Thank you for the experience.

Taylor B

In this day and age, when there are radicals or others who continue to deny that millions of Jews were killed by Nazi atrocities during World War II, I would highly recommend that anyone who still has doubts or has never been there before make a visit to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois. Located at 9603 Woods Drive in Chicago's near north suburb, off the Edens Expressway (I-94), near Old Orchard Shopping Center. its mission is to "Remember the Past" and "Transform the Future" while preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those were who lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The museum, which was established in 1981 and opened at its current site in 2009, was established as a response to a Neo-Nazi group's attempt march through Skokie, where many Holocaust survivors had settled after the war. The Holocaust exhibition occupies the first floor while the upper floor contains the remembrance area with stories by Holocaust survivors and an art gallery. One of the most sobering objects in the museum is a railroad car, which was filled with Jews on their way to the death camps. The unique Take A Stand Center employs a new technology that allows visitors to interact with speaking holographic images of Holocaust survivors. One of the newest exhibits tells the life of the late Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. All very informative and thought-provoking.

tosl

Other than DC, this is the most powerful and comprehensive museum I have seen on the Holocaust outside of visiting the camps themselves. An easy 20-minute drive from Chicago, this should not be near the top of any itinerary, this should be the top site. Excellent job to the curator and staff - very moving.

Buick1_36758

I went here in March of 2021. The only way to purchase a ticket is online and then they scan your phone. You do have to go through metal detector to enter. I was allowed to leave for lunch and come back later. This museum is very professionally done and the entrance fee is $15. The main floor is where you will spend most of your time. If you read everything and watch all of the videos, you will be there for a number of hours. The upper floor was mostly paintings and I did not spend much time there. The lower floor had a holographic theater and a special display area. In the holographic theater, they had a presentation and then you could ask a question which would be transmitted to a library of stored answers. While some were fascinated by this, this piece of it wasn't that thrilling to me. If you do want to do the theater, I would make sure you get a ticket early since they were limiting the number of people in it.

Annemarie K

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!!

53Ruta_R

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 .

kimladd9

I was delighted with the ease at which we were able to access the museum. This museum moved me deeply. We must never forget the evils of history and make certain this or anything remotely close to it happens again. I am definitely going again and bringing more friends and family.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-13 06:09