Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Dr.
Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 4pm
Sun, Oct 17: 10am - 2:30pm
The architectural credentials of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center affirm its place as both monument and memorial. Renowned architect Stanley Tigerman created the 65,000-square-foot space, which incorporates historical and emotional symbolism inside and out, as a response to the apocalyptic inhumanity of the Holocaust. The journey from darkness to light is woven through the building, explicit in the exterior’s starkly divided dark and light wings and visualized as the visitor travels through the interior. The dark and light sides are connected by a “hinge” that symbolizes the rupture in humanity that occurred during the Holocaust and houses the museum’s anchor artifact, an early 20th-century German rail car of the type used to transport Jews to concentration camps.
OHC visitors may check in at a designated tent outside the museum, where groups of 10-15 will be assembled for docent-led tours of the exterior and interior of the building, lasting approximately 15 minutes. After the tour, OHC visitors are welcome to explore the museum’s core exhibit space at their leisure. The new special exhibition, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” is ticketed separately.