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.
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. You can download a printable map of the Museum before arriving.
We will be closed on the following dates in 2022:
- Thanksgiving (closed Thursday, November 24)
- Christmas (closed after 2 pm Saturday, December 24; closed on Sunday, December 25)
- New Year’s (closed after 2 pm Saturday, December 31)
Please note that we are a cashless Museum. General admission and Legacy Shop purchases must be made with a debit/credit card.
- Adults: $18
- Seniors (65+): $12
- Students (up to age 22 with valid student ID): $8
- Children (5-11): $6
- Children (under 5): Free
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, and stay until our 5 pm closing time.
General admission includes access to all current special exhibitions. For no additional cost, visitors can add The Journey Back virtual reality experience [20-30 min.] and the holographic theater Survivor Stories Experience [30-45 min.] to their tickets.
Both the virtual reality gallery and holographic theater require timed tickets. Visitors must arrive on time to attend. Virtual reality technology is not recommended for children under age 12, and children under age 10 will not be admitted into the virtual reality gallery.Buy your tickets
For assistance, please call the Museum at 847.967.4800.
Discounts & Promotions
The Museum offers free admission to all on the last Friday of every month in 2022.
Museums For All – Visitors may present their Link card/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card with matching photo ID for free admission (plus up to 3 guests). If you would like to reserve tickets in advance, please call the Museum at 847.967.4800.
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) – Eligible for a 50% discount. If you would like to reserve tickets in advance, please call the Museum at 847.967.4800.
Visitors with disabilities – Eligible for a 50% discount. If you would like to reserve tickets in advance, please call the Museum at 847.967.4800.
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.
- December 3 & 4
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 provides free docent-led tours of Zev & Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition every day at 2 pm. Visitors can take part in the tour by gathering by the information desk five minutes before the start of the tour, where they will be greeted by the docent.
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