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 Monday, 10 am through 5 pm. We welcome our last visitors at 4:00 pm, one hour before closing. Parking is free, and a bicycle rack is available near the south parking lot. You can download a printable map of the Museum before arriving.
The Museum is also closed on the following dates in 2023:
- Christmas (closed after 2 pm Sunday, December 24 & closed Monday, December 25)
- New Year (closed after 2 pm Sunday, December 31 & closed Monday, January 1)
Please note that we are a cashless Museum. General admission and Legacy Shop purchases can be made with contactless payment or 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.Purchase tickets
For assistance, please call the Museum at 847.967.4800.
Discounts & Promotions
Kids & students visit with free admission December 26 – January 7. Reserve your Winter Holiday tickets >>
The Museum offers free admission to all on the last Friday of every month. Reserve your Free Day tickets >>
Museums For All – Please present your Link card/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card with matching photo ID for free admission (plus up to 3 guests).
North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association – If you are a member of a participating NARM institution, please present your membership card with NARM sticker for complimentary admission.
Retired/active Military personnel (Blue Star Museums) – Please present your Military ID for a 50% discount on admission (plus up to 5 family members).
Visitors with disabilities – Eligible for a 50% discount.
Bank of America Museums on Us Program – Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders are eligible for 1 (one) free admission ticket per card on the following dates in 2023. Please present your card upon arrival.
- December 2-3
All visitors are welcome to take our free self-guided audio tour, available in English, Spanish, French, Polish, Hebrew, Japanese, Ukrainian, and Russian. We 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 and 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.
- Wheelchair accessible parking is available in our parking lots.
- Service animals as defined by the ADA and personal mobility devices are welcome.
- Wheelchairs and walkers are available at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Elevators are available in all public areas of the Museum.
- All-gender, single-occupancy bathrooms are available in the Legacy Shop.
- A private lactation room is available in the Legacy Shop bathroom.
Please call the Museum at 847.967.4800 with any questions about specific accessibility accommodations.
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