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.
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.
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.