Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition

Karkomi Permanent Exhibition

The Zev and Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition is a place where both those familiar with the Holocaust and those learning about it for the first time can experience pre-war European life, the rise of Nazism, ghettoization, 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 our permanent Holocaust exhibition take place every Wednesday at 2 PM and last approximately 90 minutes. Tours also take place at 2 PM on the 2nd Sunday and last Saturday of each month:

  • February 29
  • March 8 & 28
  • April 12 & 25
  • May 10 & 30
  • June 14 & 27
  • July 12 & 25
  • August 9 & 29
  • September 13 & 26
  • October 11 & 31
  • November 8 & 28
  • December 13 & 26






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