Current Special Exhibitions


Where the Children Sleep

March 15, 2018 – September 16, 2018

The Joseph L. & Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation Gallery

A boy without a bed.
A girl afraid to close her eyes.
A child who dreams of when bedtime didn’t bring terror.

More than two million children have been forced from their homes by the war in Syria. Refugee children in neighbouring countries or making journeys through Europe show us where they sleep while they await an uncertain future.

This provocative multi-media exhibit features award-winning Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman’s powerful photos and film footage of Syrian refugee children in Europe and the Middle East. 

Where the Children Sleep serves as a wake-up call, not only documenting a contemporary human rights crisis but also inviting visitors to take a stand for children’s rights.

Learn more about this exhibit.

Where the Children Sleep is presented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in collaboration with Fotografiska – The Swedish Museum of Photography.
Contributing Sponsor: Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
The Golder Family Foundation is a lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.
Media Sponsor: Make It Better


The 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

January 21, 2018 – September 23, 2018

Northern Trust Gallery

The 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising recognizes the largest and symbolically most important Jewish uprising in German-occupied Europe. The exhibition tells the stories of the leaders of the uprising and local survivors who lived through the heroic resistance.

Learn more about the exhibit.

Exhibition made possible with generous support from Emile Karafiol and Virginia Robinson.




Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.

July 19, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Main Special Exhibition Space

Stories of Survival features personal artifacts, photographed by Jim Lommasson, and brought to America by local Survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, including Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria. Photographs with written text by Survivors and their family members describing the object’s significance and history, and the original objects will be on display at the Museum. Curated in honor of the Museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibition will then travel to other venues beginning in 2019.

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