Upcoming Special Exhibitions


Speak Truth to Power

December 10, 2017 – June 24, 2018

Based on the book by Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Speak Truth to Power highlights the experiences of courageous Upstanders from across the world and urges visitors to take action against Human Rights violations. The exhibition features dramatic black and white portraits of human rights defenders from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Eddie Adams.


Contributing sponsor: David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation

Additional Funders: Illinois Arts Council Agency



October 2017

Grand Opening: Take a Stand Center

Today’s generation is likely the last generation to hear Holocaust Survivor stories firsthand, therefore capturing and preserving these stories now is an educational and moral imperative.

The Museum’s new Take A Stand Center, is a breakthrough initiative that combines a state-of-the-art Survivor Stories Experience with an interactive Upstander Gallery and an action-oriented Take A Stand Lab to create an immersive, engaging, and empowering experience.

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75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

January 21, 2018 – September 23, 2018

North 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.



Where the Children Sleep

March 15, 2018 – September 16, 2018

South Gallery

Where the Children Sleep is a wake-up call to recognize the tragedy of the Syrian refugee crisis through the experience of Syrian children. The exhibition features moving photos of Syrian refugee children in Europe and the Middle East by award-winning photojournalist, Magnus Wennman.



Stories of Survival

July 19, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Main Exhibit 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.



The Photographs of Steve Schapiro

October 7, 2018 – June 23, 2019

North and South Gallery

The Photographs of Steve Schapiro showcases iconic images of the Civil Rights movement and cultural and political leaders of recent history. In partnership with award-winning Chicago-based photographer, Steve Schapiro, the Museum will display two bodies of his work: the struggle for civil rights in the South and portraiture of history makers from the 20th century.


The Golder Family Foundation is a lead sponsor of Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.




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