Field Trip Options

Thank you for your interest in planning a field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum. We offer a variety of docent-led tour options for your students and encourage you to review the options below to determine the best fit for your school and students’ needs.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s field trips are offered to schools grades 3-12. Colleges/universities, supplementary programs, non-profit groups, and youth organizations (ages 8 – 22).

All tours address Common Core Standards

Tour Option Overview:


Teacher-Led Field Trip (all grades)

In Our Voices (Grade 7 and above)

Take A Stand (Grade 7 and above) 

Be An Upstander (formerly Become A Witness) (Grade 6 and above)

Make A Difference (formerly Memory, Action, Community) (Grade 5 and above)

Stand Up Speak Out (Grade 3 and above)

Notorious RBG (Grade 6 and above)


*During peak Field Trip season docent availability may be limited.


In Our Voices (Grades 7+)

Through guided investigation of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, students explore the history of the Holocaust as told through the personal belongings, photographs, historical records, and stories of local survivors and eyewitnesses.  Transforming history into lessons for today, the tour invites students to discuss the power of choice, responsibility, citizenship, and human rights, and to discover what influences our decisions to act as bystanders or upstanders in response to inhumanity.

Your tour may also include stops in other Museum exhibitions

Whenever possible, the Museum will schedule an eyewitness to the Holocaust from our Speakers’ Bureau as part of the field trip.

Length: 3 hours

Times: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 2:00 (weekdays), 11:00 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 160 students maximum


Take a Stand (Grades 7+)

Take A Stand Center Exhibition

This four-gallery exhibition engages students in an empowering experience that encourages civic action, fosters empathy, and develops the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed as global citizens in the 21st century.  The field trip includes the ground-breaking Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience, featuring interactive holographic technology; Goodman Upstander Gallery; action-oriented Take A Stand Lab, and The Act of Art gallery. 

Students engage with powerful storytelling through interactive holographic technology, the first of its kind in the world, that enables them to have life-like conversations with recorded Holocaust Survivors. 

Students learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with particular attention to the roles of civil, social, economic, health, and environmental rights.

Students are inspired by the personal life journeys of  40 change-makers, local and global activists, youth and adults, lesser-known and famous Upstanders such as Malala, Theaster Gates, Jane Addams, Bryan Stevenson, and Edith Windsor, to inspire students’ in their areas of passion.

Students take action in a civics-focused learning laboratory. Students are presented with success stories of individuals and organizations making a difference and explore how they too can raise awareness, give, advocate, and participate. Students will compile a personalized to-do list including resources and related links which they can email to themselves to utilize back at school or at home, such as templates for petitions or letters to elected officials, extending the lessons of their visit beyond the walls of the Museum.

Students stimulate innovation and creativity through the exploration of fine art and photography that demonstrates the many different ways to take action, including communicating one’s message through the visual arts.  The featured art, created by renowned artists who experienced hatred and prejudice or who want to comment on social issues, allow students to think about the issues portrayed, but also how they can take a stand as citizen artists on issues that matter to them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Length: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Times: 9:45 AM, 11:45 AM, 1:45 PM, 3:45 PM (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 100 students, maximum

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Students will be immersed in experiential galleries featuring authentic stories of Holocaust survivors, real-life scenarios, and memorable interactive activities. Students may begin to experience a deeper understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust and become a witness to their world through new eyes.  Engaging technology introduces students to historical and contemporary upstanders, gives them the opportunity to reflect on how their personal choices have consequences for others, and inspires students to reflect on how they can act to create change in their local and global community. This tour option includes selected portions of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition. It does not include the galleries on ghettoization, deportation (the rail car) and life in concentration camps.

Explore the following exhibitions:

  • Make a Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition  
  • Portions of the Karkomi Holocaust  Exhibition – Post-War Immigration; Neo-nazi March on Skokie, 1977-78
  • Discussion of artifacts related to pre-war Jewish life, the rise of Nazism, and the Kindertransports
  • Changing special exhibitions, when age appropriate
  • Includes Interactive Survivor stories in the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Theater

Length: 2 hours 45 minutes

Times: 9:45, 1:45, 3:45 (Thursday evenings)

Weekends: 9:45, 1:45 PM

Group Size: 100 students maximum



Students will reflect on how they can act – both individually and as a group – to make a difference and inspire an ongoing dialogue on their responsibility to others as part of a diverse and global community. Experiential technology, interactives, and  compelling stories of Holocaust survivors capture the role universal human and civil rights can play in empowering engagement and creating community.  This tour option includes selected portions of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition.  It does not include the galleries on ghettoization, deportation (the rail car) and life in concentration camps.

Explore the following exhibitions:

Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00, 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Weekends: 10 AM or 11 AM, 1:30 PM

Group Size: 80 students maximum



Students will begin to develop social awareness and skills to demonstrate positive decision-making and responsible behaviors that allow for a deeper understanding of how the core values of respect, compassion, justice, and citizenship can lead to success in school and in life.  Hands-on, interactive activities and galleries empower students to take a personal stand for themselves and on behalf of others. Students will be motivated to take positive action in school, at home, in their neighborhood, and around the world.  This tour option does not include the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition.

Explore the following exhibitions:

Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00, 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Weekends: 10 AM or 11 AM, 1:30 PM

Group Size: 80 students maximum


Notorious RBG (GRADES 6+)

(available February 9,2020 – August 16, 2020)

Explore the following exhibitions:

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers a visually rich and engaging look at the Justice’s life and career presenting a unique take on the American legal system and civic rights movements through the lens of Ginsburg’s personal experiences and public service. Students will learn the parallel stories of Ginsburg’s remarkable life and the ongoing expansion of “We the People” to include those long left out of the Constitution’s promises, examining her continuing work to protect civil rights and equal opportunity for all.

Students will also explore the Take a Stand Center to learn about other contemporary Upstanders working to achieve greater equality through judicial and non-judicial means. Our Take a Stand Center includes the Goodman Upstander Gallery, highlighting 40 change-makers working toward civil, social, economic, health and environmental rights; civics focused Take A Stand Lab, exploring how to raise awareness, give, advocate, and participate; and The Act of Art Gallery, stimulating the idea of citizen artistry as a response to human rights issues.

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

Times: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 5:00 PM (Thursday evenings)

Weekends: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM

Group Size: 80 students *

*please contact us if you have a larger group that would like to experience this tour



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