Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Designed by renowned Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, the third largest Holocaust museum in the world, honors the Survivors and victims of the Holocaust. Through its permanent Holocaust exhibit, the newly-opened Take a Stand Center, and six annual temporary exhibits, the Museum transforms the lessons of history, presenting current, relevant, and actionable information. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Museum inspires individuals and organizations with a universal call to action: Take history to heart. Take a stand for humanity.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is the first in the world to employ groundbreaking, interactive,  3-D technology to tell Holocaust Survivor stories in an incredibly life-like way in the 66-seat Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience. The technology leverages thousands of hours of Survivor interviews and voice recognition technology to enable Survivor Holograms to respond to questions from the audience, inviting one-on-one ‘conversation’ that evokes laughter, tears and frequently gasps from those in attendance.

The Museum’s permanent Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition seamlessly weaves history with local Survivor narratives. Over 500 extraordinary images and artifacts—including an original volume of the Nuremberg Trial transcripts and an authentic 20th century German rail car—take visitors on a journey through the years before, during, and after the Holocaust. Each piece of clothing, every passport, all the photos hum with personal memories of someone who might live just down the street.  

The Take a Stand Center includes galleries with additional interactive technologies where visitors uncover the stories of local and global “Upstanders” who champion a range of human rights issues, shows visitors how to take action on the issues that matter most to them. The Museum’s fine art gallery bookends the Take a Stand Center’s visitor experience with an area of artistic response to global genocides.