The Journey Back: A VR Experience
Virtual reality technology is not recommended for children under age 12. Children under age 10 will not be admitted into the virtual reality gallery.
Virtual reality experiences begin every hour on the hour, starting at 11 am with the last showing at 4 pm. Visitors must arrive on time to attend. Allow 20-30 minutes for exploration.
Tickets are required for entry – be prepared to show your ticket either on your phone or with a printed copy. We strongly recommend making reservations online before you arrive at the Museum, as seating is limited and may sell out.
Experience the first-in-the-world virtual reality exhibition, The Journey Back, which applies cutting-edge technology to engage visitors on a journey as they travel through concentration camps with Holocaust Survivors who experienced them. The exhibition is a global game-changer, revolutionizing the field of Holocaust memory through innovative technology and transportive storytelling.
The films have received global recognition and awards from a variety of prestigious film festivals, including World Premiere at South by Southwest, Jury Award Winner at Nashville Film Festival, Winner of Best VR Storytelling at Cinequest Film and VR Festival, official selection at Vancouver International Film Festival, and many more.
Letters from Drancy, which will be available to view at the Museum beginning October 1, 2023, will make its World Premiere as an Official Selection at the 80th edition of the Venice International Film Festival of La Biennale di Venezia. The film is one of 44 projects from 25 countries selected for Venice Immersive, the XR – Extended Reality section of the festival. The festival will take place August 30 – September 9 at Venice Lido.
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A Promise Kept and Don’t Forget Me were created by world-renowned human rights center, Illinois Holocaust Museum; award-winning digital entertainment companies eyelash.ai and 30 Ninjas, award-winning documentary filmmakers Ken Winikur of Winikur Productions and Ariel Efron; executive produced by Susan Abrams, CEO and Kelley Szany, VP, Education & Exhibitions of Illinois Holocaust Museum, co-produced by Illinois Holocaust Museum, Gallagher & Associates, and eyelash.ai. Both films feature an original soundtrack by Emmy Award-winning studio Silver Sound.
Photo credits: Scott Edwards, Kathleen Hinkel, Emily Mohney, January Rhodes