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Group Tours

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center provides a world-class experience that inspires its visitors, regardless of age, to stand up for what they believe in.

Private adult group tours are custom-designed for groups of 15 or more and include a full range of Museum experiences. Available on-site and virtual group tours are described below.

Group Tour Options

  • On-Site
  • Holocaust
  • Family
  • Virtual
  • Special Exhibition

Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II

Ghost Army tells the heroic tale of the top-secret U.S. Army’s 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the “Ghost Army,” and their covert operations across Europe that helped win the war, armed with nothing heavier than .50 caliber machine guns.

Available through January 2, 2023.

Time: 60 Minutes

Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust

Shanghai sheds light on a lesser-known moment in Holocaust history: European Jews who had been shut out of country after country while trying to escape Nazi persecution found a beacon of hope in an unlikely place: Shanghai, China.

Available through September 5, 2022.

Time: 60 Minutes

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on this judicial and pop icon, a vibrant exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous roles as a mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon.

Exclusively available virtually.

Time: 60 Minutes

Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.

Stories of Survival is an award-winning exhibition that reflects upon individual stories of the Holocaust and genocides & conflicts in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Syria, Rwanda, and South Sudan, told through artworks by photographer Jim Lommasson and survivors of genocide and their families.

Exclusively available virtually.

Time: 60 Minutes

Zev & Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition

The Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition seamlessly weaves Survivor narratives, personal belongings, photographs, and videos into a moving experience.

Time: 90-120 Minutes

Interactive Survivor Experience

Illinois Holocaust Museum is the world’s first museum to feature groundbreaking interactive voice recognition technology enabling visitors to engage in conversation with a three-dimensional, strikingly life-like image of a Holocaust Survivor. What will you ask them?

Time: 30-45 Minutes

Women in the Holocaust Tour

This enhanced and highly focused tour of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition explores the changing and evolving roles of women before, during, and as a result of the Holocaust.

Time: 90 Minutes

Thematic Tour | Ghettoization During the Holocaust

Through the personal belongings, photographs, historical records, and stories of local Survivors and eyewitnesses, see what life was like behind the walls of ghettos in occupied-Europe and the Soviet Union. Learn history, human stories, and how many Jewish people maintained their dignity, education, culture, and hope in humanity, even in the darkness of the ghettos.

Exclusively available virtually.

Time: 60 Minutes

Thematic Tour | Children of the Holocaust

When World War II began, approximately 1.6 million Jewish children lived in Nazi-occupied Europe and the Soviet Union. By war’s end, few had survived. Explore the lives of Jewish children and adolescents – from the years leading up to the war, to roundups, deportations, and emigrations; to hidden life and death in ghettos and concentration camps; and to liberation and coping following the war.

Exclusively available virtually.

Time: 60 Minutes

Thematic Tour | Nazi Propaganda: Fueling Hate and Genocide

Examine techniques the Nazis used to build support and acceptance of their vision for Germany’s future. The tour will illuminate how Nazi propaganda molded public opinion and indoctrinated German society with an ideology that fueled racism and hate, leading to government-sanctioned violence and ultimately the genocide of approximately 6 million Jews and millions of others.

Exclusively available virtually.

Time: 60 Minutes

Thematic Tour | Spiritual Resistance During the Holocaust

This virtual thematic tour highlights artifacts and stories from the Museum’s core Holocaust Exhibition through the lens of Jewish spiritual resistance. Hear the stories of those who found strength from their faith or drew resilience from within to resist and combat their dire situation, risking their lives to sustain their inner beliefs and soul by transcending the physical in the face of Nazi tyranny.

Exclusively available virtually.

Time: 60 Minutes

This tour is a project of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and the Midwest Center for Jewish Learning, an initiative of the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago. Created by Laurie Hasten and Miki Jona Schreiber.

Symbolic by Design Architectural Tour

This tour begins with an exploration of the Museum’s striking exterior (weather permitting) and continues within, resulting in an in-depth understanding and appreciation of award-winning Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman’s use of design, symbolism, and light as he symbolically augments the story of the Holocaust through our building.

Time: 90-120 Minutes

Inspired To Act

This adult group tour features an overview of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition and the Take a Stand Center. After the tour, a docent facilitates a conversation and assists the group in preparing an action plan for positive change in their communities.

Time: 60-120 Minutes

Family Tour

Tour the Museum together! While adult group members tour the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, youth 12 and under tour our Take a Stand Center and Make a Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition. After the tour, all members reconnect for a shared experience of your choosing.

Time: 90 Minutes

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