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Pritzker Military Museum & Library

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Address: 104 S Michigan Ave, Second Floor - Public Entrance, Chicago, IL 60603-5902
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+1 312-374-9333
12:00 - 16:00
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The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located at the corner of...

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street on floors two through four of the historic Monroe Building in Chicago's Loop. Situated across the street from Millennium Park (home to Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountain) and the Art Institute of Chicago, The Library is a unique institution – part military history and information center, part museum – open to the public with an extensive collection of books, artifacts and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. The Library is a center where citizens and Citizen Soldiers come together to learn from each other, about military history and the role of the Armed Forces in today’s society.

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Beautiful space with important memories

The museum, in fact, the whole building is exemplary of how to preserve a building and history properly. Many aspects of American military activity and the people who made it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rolf A
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum, in fact, the whole building is exemplary of how to preserve a building and history properly. Many aspects of American military activity and the people who made it happen are well explained.

Thank Rolf A
Chillicothe, Illinois
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10 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the letters for the museum's name from the street and ventured inside. A doorperson advised us to head up the stairs. Fair admission to this not for profit destination. The book collection is outstanding! The exhibit of North Vietnamese War posters was phenomenal. Great commentary from veterans who served there. Great living history section for video watching.

Thank agbook
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a hidden gem that even people who lived here didn't know about. Very knowledgeable staff that walk you through the museum and what it has to offer and they are there to answer any questions. The library itself is a great site for any sort of military research you might have.

Thank SarahandJeff2013
Dunwoody, Georgia
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

The Pritzker military Museum and Library is fascinating. Even Though it is on Michigan Avenue it is an off the beaten path activity. I greatly enjoyed the hunting Charlie exhibit, the metal of honour exhibit and the photographers that were enbedded in Vietnam with the troops exhibit. The five dollar admission fee for non-military personnel is a great deal! A... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

It is nice place with an interesting atmosphere. However, it isn't a museum, it's a library. There were a few photos and posters, thats it. The library is impressive but certainly not a tourist attraction.

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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

A small, but interesting collection. The library clearly would be a good place for researchers, but the space had several interesting temporary exhibitions. Don't miss the Medal of Honor display. Would be suitable for older children, but might be more difficult for younger kids - the exhibits are contained within the library space.

Thank rndmlttrs
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is a very special place that is providing a great service to the country and to veterans. More of a library than a museum or maybe more of a research institute - whatever it is it does a great job both with the presentation (most available by podcast), by the displays in the museum and by the library portion... More 

Thank Arthur M
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

I enjoyed the current exhibit chronicles the life of a soldier through the Civil War, Wild West, to the Spanish American War.The photos from Viet Nam are fascinating. This is a great place for military buffs.

Thank Knansea
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

I must admit that having spent 2 full days at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans might have tainted my visit to this museum. However, if I had the time, I probably could have selected a number of books that I would like to read. The library is extensive. The man at the desk where we paid... More 

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Reviewed 14 April 2016

$5 is maybe a bit much for what you get. I think being a member of this library would be worth it if you were interested, but visiting doesn't really give you a whole lot. I did really like the photography exhibit they had.

Thank eec317

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