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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
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 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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Great Little Museum across from the Art Institute

This is a small museum and research library specializing in military history. I have seen comprehensive exhibits on the Navy Seals as well as the Viet Nam War. It is definitely... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 April 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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Dunwoody, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

This is a small museum and research library specializing in military history. I have seen comprehensive exhibits on the Navy Seals as well as the Viet Nam War. It is definitely worth a visit when you're along South Michigan Ave. Second floor in a beautiful old building across from the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Look at the ceiling as you enter on the ground floor, great architectural feature. The Pritzker Museum is basically a library with some exhibits in it, a beautiful library, very pleasing to the eye, if I was a military buff, I'd like to sit in this library and read their books! The Civil Was display was very interesting, following one... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

We've never been to this museum before, nor had I heard much about it, but was looking for an alternative to the Art Institute for those in our party who were not too interested in art. So off we go! We were greeted by a woman at the information desk (for the building, not the Pritzker Museum) who barely looked... More 

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