The mission of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is expressed in our founding principle: “Remember the Past, Transform the Future.” The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost, and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.
Online tickets and masks (ages 2+) continue to be required for all guests.
All guests ages 5+ must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter the building as of January 5, 2022. COVID Safety protocols
- Adults: $18
- Seniors (65+): $12
- Students (up to age 22 with valid student ID): $8
- Children (5-11): $6
- Children (under 5): Free
There are no timed tickets for the Museum. Your ticket will note our opening time, 10 am; however, you may enter the Museum on the date of your visit anytime between 10 am and 4 pm. General admission includes access to The Journey Back and Survivor Stories Experience (additional reservations required), as well as all current special exhibitions.
Virtual reality experiences begin every half-hour starting at 11 am with the last show at 4 pm. Saturday and Sunday have an additional 10:30 am showing. This experience will be available to Museum members beginning January 20, and the general public beginning January 27.
Holographic theater showings begin every hour starting at 11 am with the last show at 4 pm. Saturday and Sunday have an additional 10:15 am showing. At this time, holographic theater reservations must be made on-site at the Museum at our Information Desk.Buy your tickets
For assistance, please call the Museum at 847.967.4800.
Hours of Operation
The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am through 5 pm. We welcome our last visitors at 4:00 pm, one hour before closing. Free parking is available.
We will be closed on the following dates in 2022:
- Rosh Hashanah (closed after 2 pm Sunday, September 25)
- Yom Kippur (closed after 2 pm Tuesday, October 4; closed on Wednesday, October 5)
- Thanksgiving (closed Thursday, November 24)
- Christmas (closed after 2 pm Saturday, December 24; closed on Sunday, December 25 & Monday, December 26)
- New Year’s (closed after 2 pm Saturday, December 31)
Discounts & Promotions
The Museum offers free admission to all on the last Friday of every month in 2022.
North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association – If you are a member of a participating NARM institution, please call the Museum at 847.967.4800 for complimentary admission and present your membership card with NARM sticker upon arrival.
Retired/active Military personnel (plus up to 5 family members) – Please call the Museum at 847.967.4800 for a 50% discount.
Disabled visitors (with Federal ID) – Please call the Museum at 847.967.4800 for a 50% discount.
Bank of America Museums on Us Program – Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders are eligible for free admission on the following dates in 2022. Please present your card upon arrival.
- February 5 & 6
- March 5 & 6
- April 2 & 3
- May 7 & 8
- June 4 & 5
- July 2 & 3
- August 6 & 7
- September 3 & 4
- October 1 & 2
- November 5 & 6
- December 3 & 4
The Museum offers a number of public “drop-in” tours.
Public Tour Information
All visitors are welcome to take our free self-guided audio tour, available in English and Spanish. At this time, we are unable to offer headphones and audio guide devices, and encourage visitors to bring their own headphones and download the tour before arriving at the Museum.
Audio tour information
The Museum also offers group tours, field trips, and facility rentals for private events.
Directions to Illinois Holocaust Museum
The Museum is located at 9603 Woods Drive in Skokie, Illinois, convenient to I-94 and the Chicago downtown area.
From North I-94
Take the Edens Expressway (I-94) east to the Old Orchard exit. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Old Orchard Road. Turn left onto Woods Drive, about 1/4 mile down.
From South I-94
Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) west. Merge onto the Edens Expressway (I-94) going west to the Old Orchard exit. From the exit ramp, turn left onto Old Orchard Road. Turn left onto Woods Drive, about 1/4 mile down.
From Downtown Chicago
From Downtown Chicago, take I-90 (Kennedy Expressway) to I-94. Then, take Old Orchard Road to Woods Drive.
From South I-294
Take the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) north to the Dempster St. east (US-14) exit. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Dempster Street (US-14) and drive east for about 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Waukegan Road and drive north about 1 mile. Then, turn right onto Golf Road, and drive east about 2 miles. Turn left onto Woods Drive.
Chicago Public Transportation Options
The Museum is easily accessible via public transportation. To find the most efficient route, check Google Maps and use the public transportation (“transit”) filter. Links to Chicagoland’s public transportation (CTA Yellow Line, Metra and Pace) systems are below.Get Directions from Google Pace Tickets Metra Tickets
Accessibility and Amenities
We want each visitor to have a memorable experience at our Museum, so we are committed to making our programs, exhibitions, and facilities accessible for everyone by removing accessibility barriers, delivering a welcoming and relevant experience, and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement.
An audio guide of our exhibitions is available in English and Spanish languages. Wheelchair accessible parking is available in our parking lots. Wheelchairs are available at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Our facility offers elevators that access all three public levels of the Museum. Please call the Museum at 847.967.4800 for assistance and specific accessibility needs/questions.
Local hotels that visitors enjoy include the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center-Chicago North Shore, Residence Inn Chicago Wilmette, and Hampton Inn & Suites-Chicago North Shore/Skokie.
For additional lodging options, dining, transportation and activities on the North Shore, visit the Chicago’s North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Photo credits: Scott Edwards; Emily Mohney