Upcoming Special Exhibitions


Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

February 20 – September 12, 2021

Main Special Exhibition Space

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom traces the history of apartheid in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as the central character. With immersive environments, Mandela promotes human rights with a central message: all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Among its many dramatic features and original artifacts, the exhibition replicates the eight-foot by seven-foot cell where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in jail, before emerging at age 71 to continue negotiating democratic change with his former enemies. Visitors entering the cell will find themselves in a multimedia theatre, with projections telling stories of repression and resilience on the walls.

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom was developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Canada) in partnership with the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg, South Africa). Tour management services provided by Lord Cultural Resources.





Presenting Sponsors


Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation

Brenda & Lance Feis



In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum

Mitch & Cathy Feiger

Jill and Rob Selati

Victory Park Capital Advisors


Additional Funders

Keith and Caryl Jaffee


Lance Donenberg

Mosaic Construction

Quarles & Brady LLP

Golder Family Foundation


International Tour Supporters



Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

October 17, 2021 – April 24, 2022

Main Special Exhibition Space


Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement explores the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn as the flashpoint that ignited the modern gay rights movement in the United States. In the last fifty years since the Stonewall Riots, America’s LGBTQ population has struggled for equal rights and representation under the law. Rise Up shares the voices and tells the stories of this movement.

Blending together historic images and artifacts of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the 85 artifacts on display in Rise Up include posters from Harvey Milk’s campaign for public office in San Francisco, an original rainbow flag signed by its creator Gilbert Baker, and early LGBTQ magazines and publications.

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement was developed by the Newseum. The Newseum is an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, whose mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all.  freedomforum.org






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