When you’ve lost everything, a single object can take on extraordinary meaning.
The objects are as every day as a teddy bear, a baby doll, a black suitcase and as symbolic as a young mother’s cookbook or a wedding announcement—saved by local Survivors from genocides around the world, including Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria.
Stories of Survival is a landmark exhibit that showcases more than 60 never-before-seen personal items brought to America by Survivors of the Holocaust and genocide. Each artifact is dramatically showcased alongside oversized photographs by renowned documentarian Jim Lommasson with handwritten responses by Survivors or their family members.
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60 personal stories told through objects from survivors of the Holocaust and 7 genocides
Other Things to See at the Museum
Survivor Stories Experience Theater
The Take a Stand Center includes the world's first interactive, holographic Survivor Stories Experience Theater, followed by three galleries that guide visitors through social justice issues suggesting ways to take action.
Visit this innovative interactive exhibit and see what others have done to better our world and what you can do to make a difference.
Learn more about the Take a Stand Center.
Over 2000 visitors have pledged to take action after seeing the Take a Stand Center Exhibition.
Daily Public Tours, 2 p.m.
“Among the finest museum exhibits Chicago has to offer.” —Chicago Tribune
This exhibit seamlessly weaves history with moving narratives of Chicago-area Holocaust Survivors and over 500 artifacts including personal belongings, historical records, and photographs to create a highly personal experience.
3rd largest Holocaust Museum in the world and recipient of numerous awards, including a Gold Muse Award and the Jim Blackaby Award for Achievement in Media and Technology. The Museum is also a National Medal winner from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.
The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition features fun, hands-on activities that empower young visitors to use their voices and make choices to stand up for themselves and others.
· Peek inside school lockers to learn about Upstanders like Rosa Parks and Ryan Herljac, who took a stand for positive change.
· Help problem-solve situations they might encounter at school, on the playground, or in the neighborhood.
· Create self-portraits through the power of words, learning more about what makes you, you.
· Make a video pledge to be an Upstander and learn how other visitors are making a difference.
Learn more about our youth exhibition.
In the last 9 years, over 50,000 children have learned to use their voice in the Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition.
Closing September 16
Where the Children Sleep is a wake-up call; a poignant story of what happens when children are displaced and must sleep on the streets and in fields as they await an uncertain future.
This provocative multimedia exhibit features powerful photos and film of Syrian refugee children in Europe and the Middle East by award-winning Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman.
Learn more about the exhibition.
More than half of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes because of war—5.5 million have fled the country and 6 million more have been driven from their homes but remain in Syria.