Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition

Karkomi Permanent Exhibition

The Zev and Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition is a place where those familiar with the Holocaust and those learning about it for the first time can experience pre-war European life, ghettos and concentration camps, liberation and resettlement around the world through more than 500 artifacts, documents, photographs, and a German rail car of the type used in Nazi deportations. It has a special focus on post-war life in Skokie, Illinois, which had the largest per capita population of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel, and sparked the Museum’s eventual creation.

The exhibition concludes with a summary film that connects the lessons of the Holocaust with other genocides around the world. Docent-led tours provide context, understanding and clarity, and survivor stories woven throughout the exhibition make the experience both powerful and personal.

The average visit time is approximately two to three hours. This exhibition is recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older.

Public tours of this permanent exhibition are available to Museum visitors on a drop-in basis. The drop-in tour begins at 2:00 p.m. daily and lasts 90 minutes. On weekends, drop-in tours begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. You may sign up at the information desk upon arrival. The drop-in tour is first-come, first-serve. Space is limited and drop-in tours can fill to capacity, particularly on our free admission days. On free admission days, drop-in tours begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Free admission days through 2019 are listed below.

  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Thursday, October 10
  • Sunday, November 10
  • Tuesday, December 10

Visitors to the Museum may notice minor construction in our permanent Holocaust exhibition. We apologize for any inconvenience.




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