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National Veterans Art Museum

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Address: 4041 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641-1834
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+1 312-326-0270
10:00 - 17:00
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The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection,...

The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. With more than 2,000 pieces of art in the permanent collection, the National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service. Artists who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Global War on Terror give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war. In addition, the museum provides veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

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National Veterans Art Museum

As a post Vietnam veteran, this museum still struck me hard. The abstract drawings are not my style of "art", but the other paintings and pictures were awesome. The sculptures... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 December 2016
Tom D
Coshocton, Ohio
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Bloomingdale, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The National Veterans Museum was unknown to me less than a week ago. But I'm so glad I learned of it. It's a small, 1 floor museum in Portage Park showcases an important part of American history. The art and artifacts increased my understanding of this war and the impact it's had on our veterans. When I attended there was... More 

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Coshocton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

As a post Vietnam veteran, this museum still struck me hard. The abstract drawings are not my style of "art", but the other paintings and pictures were awesome. The sculptures really speak to you in their detail and meaning. And then, there is the back room of Vietnam items and displays. As a Desert Storm veteran, this is the room... More 

Thank Tom D
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

If you only look on the map, you will definitely end up at a different location. It shows on the map as being on the near Southside, though it is actually about 11 miles northwest in the Portage Park area. Check the website or call to be sure that you find the place, as the exhibits are very interesting, whether... More 

Thank Allen21096
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

...just one respect- the legendary dog tag exhibit hadn't been reopened or available. However, the rest of this museum is captivating and you have to approach it with an open mind to accepting the pain and confusion a lot of these artists were in. Its the same effect the Warhol had on me in Pittsburgh- it's Alot of visual to... More 

Thank Skysoldier4life
Troy, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed the 100 faces of war exhibit! This is a must visit for anyone who has served our country or respects those who do - aka everyone. It was so interesting reading the different stories of those who have served and even died for our freedom. I would recommend planning at least 1-2 hours when visiting and of course... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Note as of 2013 the museum has moved to iys new location at: National Veterans Art Museum 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60641

3 Thank Chicago_Loop
Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

The museum is a great idea but who in god's name decided to plant in in the middle of one of the dumpiest and crime-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago. For blocks around the museum is empty shuttered businesses one after the other. Even the old Portage Theatre id closed down. All I worried about while we were looking around in there... More 

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Marshall, Minnesota, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

Way off the beaten path, for sure take train from downtown and then get on a taxi. BUT so worth the time!! it was an incredibly moving museum, reminded me of the feelings I had when I visited the Vietnam Wall. made me really appreciate the service these men and women gave; however, the museum is small and not a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

Whenever I think of this museum, I think of the hanging dog tags from the ceiling, that you can get right next to when on the top floor. That alone is worth the visit. I have visited the memorial in Washington, D.C. that honors the fallen in this war and I also find it powerful to visit a museum filled... More 

5 Thank Marbelous
Sonoran Desert
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

This museum features art created by veterans of the Vietnam war, as well as recent conflicts. It is located on the 3rd floor of the building. When you enter into the lobby, look up and see over 58,000 dog tags, each representing a fallen service man or woman from Vietnam. The gallery itself is small, but is filled with images,... More 

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