The Journey Back: A VR Experience
VR tickets are required for entry – be prepared to show your ticket with either a printed copy or on your phone. We strongly recommend making reservations online before you arrive at the Museum, as seating is limited and may sell out. Visitors must arrive on time to attend. Virtual reality is not recommended for visitors under age 12.
Virtual reality experiences begin every half-hour, starting at 11 am with the last show at 4 pm. Allow 20-30 minutes for exploration.
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.
In this exhibit, the participant controls their own 360-degree experience as they journey with Survivors Fritzie Fritzshall and George Brent through historical and current day Auschwitz, Mauthausen, and Ebensee.
Both 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.
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Richard & Jill Chaifetz Family
John W. & Jeanne M. Rowe
Lillian & Larry Goodman Foundations
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, Michelle Gatesy, Emily Mohney