Top 5 Reasons to visit Illinois Holocaust Museum

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Free on the 10th

1.        It’s FREE!

In honor of the Museum’s 10thanniversary, the 10thof every month is free. What’s not to love?

Miller Exhibition – Lockers

2.         There’s something for everyone – even the kids

Even though this is a Holocaust museum, there’s plenty to see and do with the whole family. The museum’s “Make A Difference!” Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition is designed for kids ages 8-12, and has interactive hands-on activities that teach leadership skills, empathy, self-esteem, and positive decision making. Read more about the exhibit here 

3. Steve Schapiro will be there

Schapiro RFK Campgn

NOTE: One time only-
This renowned Chicago based photojournalist is the man behind the camera for the Museum’s “Activists and Icons” exhibit, and is known for photographing larger-than-life figures like James Baldwin, David Bowie, Rosa Parks, and Barbra Streisand. You can buy James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time”, illustrated with Schapiro’s photography, and get it signed by Steve Schapiro from 1-4PM on August 10th. Read more about the “Activists and Icons” exhibit and Steve Schapiro

 4. You can “meet” Holocaust Survivor Aaron Elster and ask him questions

Aaron Elster, holocaust survivor and former President of Illinois Holocaust Museum, was able to share his incredible story in the museum’s groundbreaking Survivor Stories Experience holographic theater. What better way to honor his memory than by “meeting” his 3D hologram? Read more about Aaron and the holographic theater


Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience features Dimensions in Testimony, developed by USC Shoah Foundation in partnership with Illinois Holocaust Museum.

5. “Purchased Lives” is closing this month

This special exhibition is on loan from the Historic New Orleans Collection in Louisiana, and if you don’t want to miss it, now is the PERFECT opportunity to make the trek before it returns to New Orleans. Read more about the “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865” exhibit

Interior view of a room with a rotunda ceiling during an auction of slaves, artwork, and goods, Photo courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

This August free day is one you DON’T want to skip: you can watch your kids build self-esteem, experience the world’s first holographic theater, snap a selfie with Steve Schapiro, and see “Purchased Lives” before it closes on August 25th…. all for FREE. 

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