OUR SAFETY COMMITMENT
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is thrilled to reopen and excited to welcome the public back with free admission on Wednesday, February 3! In celebration of reopening, we will continue to offer free admission on Wednesdays through February and March.
The Museum has established a series of procedures to ensure the safety of all guests, volunteers, and staff:
- Our entire building has been treated with a powerful anti-microbial spray.
- Public spaces will be cleaned on an hourly basis.
- We maintain high relative humidity levels in the Museum, which naturally inhibits the spread of COVID-19.
- Our air filtering system utilizes MERV 14 air filters. These filters exceed recommended standards and contribute to a hygienic environment.
- Interactive elements and touch-screen displays in the Museum are temporarily disabled.
When You Visit
Buy your tickets online before arriving at the Museum. Call 847.967.4800 if you require assistance. All visitors – including members and guests of members – must have a ticket to enter the Museum.
Plan your visit: Please note that we are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am through 5 pm, with last entry at 4 pm.
One at a time: Visitors will be admitted one party at a time. If you are visiting as a household group, please enter the Museum together.
Bring your face mask: While inside the building, all visitors are required to wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth.
Leave your bags behind: Our coat check is temporarily closed. Please plan ahead and leave coats, backpacks, and large items at home or in your car.
At the Museum
Our entry process will include a temperature check: All visitors will have their temperatures scanned with a thermal camera upon entry. Visitors with elevated temperatures will be asked to return at a later date.
Use our hand sanitizer: The Museum will provide hand sanitizer to all visitors upon entry. During your visit, feel free to use any of the additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum.
Practice social distancing: We ask visitors to follow social distancing guidelines.
Go with the flow: We have re-imagined our visitor flow to keep traffic moving in one direction. Please follow posted signage throughout the Museum.
BYOM (Bring Your Own Map): We are saving trees & staying safe by not offering printed materials at this time. We offer digital versions of Museum maps, self-guided tour guide, and audio tours on the Illinois Holocaust Museum app, available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Please bring your headphones or earbuds to take advantage of these self-guided tours during your visit.
There is FREE WiFi available in the Museum.
See our exhibitions
Zev & Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition
Explore the history & lessons of the Holocaust through more than 500 artifacts, documents, photographs, and a German rail car of the type used in Nazi deportations. Click here to read more
Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience Holographic Theater
Visitors can meet virtual Holocaust Survivors at the Museum’s Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience interactive holographic theater, where 3D technology enables Survivors to tell their deeply moving personal stories and respond to questions from the audience, inviting visitors to a personalized, one-on-one “conversation.” What will you ask them? Click here to read more
At this time, seating in the holographic theater is first-come, first-serve. Tickets for the holographic theater are available in-person at the Museum.
Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience features Dimensions in Testimony, developed by USC Shoah Foundation in association with Illinois Holocaust Museum.
They Shall Be Counted: The Theresienstadt Ghetto Art of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly
They Shall Be Counted is a gallery of original paintings and drawings by Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. While imprisoned in Theresienstadt (Terezin) Ghetto, he artistically depicted the daily lives of its residents, poignantly capturing the complications and ironies of ghetto life. Click here to read more
Open February 20! Mandela: Struggle for Freedom
Mandela: Struggle for Freedom traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. With immersive environments, Mandela promotes human rights with a clear message: all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Click here to read more
Make a Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition and Take a Stand Center, which rely on interactive technology, will be closed for visitor safety.
Stop by our Gift Shop
Shop in-person, online, or by phone: our Legacy Shop team is here to help inside and outside the Museum!
You can order online or by phone for pick-up by calling 847.967.4807