Open Wed-Mon, 10 AM - 5 PM (Last Entry at 4 PM)

The Journey Back: A VR Experience

Ongoing Exhibit

Virtual reality technology is not recommended for children under age 12. Children under age 10 will not be admitted into the virtual reality gallery.

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.

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.

Experience the first-in-the-world virtual reality exhibition, The Journey Back, which applies cutting-edge technology to engage visitors on a journey with Holocaust Survivors. 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. 

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post-visit materials: virtual reality experiences

Richard & Jill Chaifetz Family

John W. & Jeanne M. Rowe

Northern Trust

Kimberly Duchossois

Lillian & Larry Goodman Foundations

Media Partners



A Promise Kept and Don’t Forget Me were created by world-renowned human rights center, Illinois Holocaust Museum; award-winning digital entertainment companies 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 Both films feature an original soundtrack by Emmy Award-winning studio Silver Sound.

Photo credits: Scott Edwards, Kathleen Hinkel, Emily Mohney, January Rhodes


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