Field Trip Options

Field Trips for 2020-2021 are OPEN! 

Don’t miss out on Field Trips to Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. We understand the uncertainty of opening up schools in the fall, so we have created several options. 

Plan now for an in-person field trip. Need to go virtual? No problem, we have you covered no matter what comes our way!

Please 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

In Our Voices (Grades 7+)

Virtual Field Trip

This narrated experience guides students through an investigation of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, exploring the history of the Holocaust as told through the personal belongings, photographs, historical records, and stories of local survivors and eyewitnesses. At the end of each of four tour segments, students will engage with discussion questions and activities that invite students to reflect on the history learned and connections to our world today. The Virtual Field Trip is meant to be used either in a virtual classroom or watched individually by students.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Asynchronous Learning Experience
  • Four Pre-Recorded Tour Segments each less than 20 minutes
  • Detailed Glossaries of Key Terms
  • Meaningful Reflection Questions

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS:

  • Live Survivor or 2nd Generation Speaker OR Interactive Survivor Stories Experience
  • Live Question and Answer Session with a Museum Docent
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Length:

  • Narrated Tour: Approximately one hour, in four parts (each less than 20 minutes)
  • Live Survivor or 2nd Generation Speaker OR Interactive Survivor Stories Experience – 45 minutes
  • Live Question & Answer Session with a Museum Docent at the completion of the entire tour – 20 minutes

Time:

  • Narrated tour: On your own schedule.
  • Live Add-Ons: Scheduled between 9am – 3pm daily. Evenings and weekends are available by request.

Group Size:

  • Narrated Tour: Unlimited
  • Live Add-Ons: 290 student maximum

Cost per student:

  • Tour Only: $3
  • Virtual Field Trip with Optional Add-Ons:
    • $5 July – October
    • $6 November – December
    • $8 January – June

On-Site Field Trip

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 consider 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 visits to other Museum exhibitions:

  • Special Exhibition Galleries
  • Act of Art Gallery
  • Due to Covid-19 and the safety of our Speakers’ Bureau, the interactive Survivor Stories Experience will not be scheduled.
More Information

Length:

  • 3 hours

Times:

  • 9:30
  • 10:30
  • 11:30
  • 2:00 weekdays
  • 11:00 weekends

Group Size:

  • 160 students maximum

Cost per student:

  • $5 July – October
  • $6 November – December
  • $8 January – June

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Grades 6+)

Virtual Field Trip

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 civil 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.

  • Available as a synchronous or asynchronous (users view on their own time) experience.
  • Pre-recorded Tour
  • Detailed Glossaries of Key Terms
  • Meaningful Reflection and Discussion Questions

Optional Add-On:

  • Live Question & Answer Session with a Museum Docent
More Information

Length:

  • Tour: 40 minutes
  • Live Survivor or 2nd Generation Speaker OR Interactive Survivor Stories Experience – 45 minutes
  • Live Question & Answer Session with a Museum Docent: 20 minutes

Time:

  • Asynchronous Tour: On your own schedule.
  • Synchronous Tour: Scheduled between 9am – 3pm daily. Evenings and weekends are available by request.
  • Live Question & Answer Session: Scheduled between 9am – 3pm daily. Evenings and weekends are available by request.

Group Size:

  • Asynchronous Tour: Unlimited
  • Synchronous Tour: 290 student maximum
  • Live Question & Answer Session: 290 student maximum

Cost per student:

  • Tour Only: $4
  • Virtual Field Trip with Optional Add-Ons:
    • $5 July – October
    • $6 November – January

On-Site Field Trip

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.

Your tour may also include the Act of Art Gallery

More Information

Length:

  • 1 hour, 45 minutes

Times:

  • 10:00
  • 12:00
  • 2:00

Group Size:

  • 80 students maximum

Cost per student:

  • $5 July – October
  • $6 November – January

Thematic Holocaust Tours – Live Virtual Field Trips (Grades 7+)

Children of the Holocaust

When World War II began, approximately 1.6 million Jewish children lived in Nazi-occupied Europe and the Soviet Union; by war’s end few had survived. Through the personal belongings, photographs, diaries, and eyewitness account of survivors, explore the lives of Jewish children and adolescents – from the years leading up to the war, to the roundups, deportations, and emigrations, to hidden life and death in ghettos and concentration camps, and to liberation and coping following the war.

Live Virtual Field Trip Includes:

  • Synchronous Learning Experience
  • Docent-led in real time, including Q&A
More Information

Length:

  • 45 minutes

Time:

  • Scheduled between 9am – 3pm daily. Evenings and weekends are available by request.

Group Size:

  • 290 students

Cost per student:

  • Tour: $4

Ghettoization During the Holocaust

Through the personal belongings, photographs, historical records, and stories of local survivors and eyewitnesses, explore between the walls of the ghettos in occupied-Europe and the Soviet Union. Learn the history and human stories and how even in the darkness of the ghettos, with the most limited resources, many Jewish people maintained their dignity, education, culture, and hope in humanity.

Live Virtual Field Trip Includes:

  • Synchronous Learning Experience
  • Docent-led in real time, including Q&A
More Information

Length:

  • 45 minutes

Time:

  • Scheduled between 9am – 3pm daily. Evenings and weekends are available by request.

Group Size:

  • 290 students

Cost per student:

  • Tour: $4

Spiritual Resistance During the Holocaust

Explore the ways Jewish people maintained their humanity and dignity by using their spirituality to lift themselves above the dehumanization of the Holocaust. Learn the stories of those who risked their lives to maintain the religious traditions of their homes, educate their children, celebrate Sabbath and holidays, and sustain their inner beliefs and souls.

Live Virtual Field Trip Includes:

  • Synchronous Learning Experience
  • Docent-led in real time, including Q&A
More Information

Length:

  • 45 minutes

Time:

  • Scheduled between 9am – 3pm daily. Evenings and weekends are available by request.

Group Size:

  • 290 students

Cost per student:

  • Tour: $4

They Shall Be Counted: The Theresienstadt Ghetto Art of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly (Grades 7+)

Virtual Docent-Led Field Trip

As a prisoner during the Holocaust, artist Erich Lichtblau-Leskly created stunning and sardonic colored pencil drawings that depict day-to-day life in Theresienstadt, the Nazi’s ‘show’ ghetto. Through the lens of Leskly’s artwork, explore this pictorial diary chronicling both the daily life of ghetto prisoners in conditions imposed by both Nazi officials and German-appointed Jewish leadership and the importance of humor as a vehicle for endurance during the Holocaust. Students will be challenged to explore Leskly’s story and think critically about art as a form of resistance and witness to history.

Virtual Field Trip Includes:

  • Live, Docent-led virtual tour
  • Meaningful discussion and reflection questions
More Information

Length:

  • 45 minutes

Time:

  • Scheduled between 9am – 3pm daily. Evenings and weekends are available by request.

Group Size:

  • 290 students

Cost per student:

  • Tour: $4

STAND UP, SPEAK OUT (Grades 3+, recommended for Grades 3-4)

Virtual Field Trip

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. Interactive online activities, which may be used individually or over multiple class sessions, 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.
Note: This field trip experience is teacher-directed and uses Google Classroom. Available beginning in September.

More Information

Group Size:

  • unlimited

Cost per student:

  • $2

Make A Difference (Grades 5+, recommended for Grades 5-6)

Virtual Field Trip

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, online interactives, and compelling stories of Holocaust survivors capture the role universal human and civil rights can play in empowering engagement and creating community. Educators will be given multiple interactive online activities to choose from to tailor their field trip to address social justice, social emotional learning, and/or age-appropriate introductory Holocaust education as desired.
Note: This field trip experience is teacher-directed and uses Google Classroom. Available beginning in September.

More Information

Group Size:

  • unlimited

Cost per student:

  • $2
 
 

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