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Polish Museum of America

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Address: 984 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642-4101
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11:00 - 16:00
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The oldest ethnic museum in America also has one of the largest collections...

The oldest ethnic museum in America also has one of the largest collections of Polish artifacts and archives outside of Poland.

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What a treat. This was the first museum we visited during our stay in Chicago. If you are looking for quirky, personalized tour kinda place, then this is for you. Most of their... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2016
Olympia, Wa
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Olympia, Wa
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5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

What a treat. This was the first museum we visited during our stay in Chicago. If you are looking for quirky, personalized tour kinda place, then this is for you. Most of their items are from the World Fair. You will get a personal tour guide (which it appears will either discuss items with you or let you discover and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 October 2016

I went to the museum to do some research for a project and got a one on one tour from Iwona of the entire museum. Wonderful collection of paintings by Polish artists. The Paderewski Room was impressive. You can't help but feel proud of your Polish roots after seeing this place. The docents were so warm and friendly, and when... More 

Thank mommykak
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52 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

While visiting our daughter in Chicago we stopped here since my Husband and I are both of Polish decent and we really enjoyed it. The guide was very informative and we learned quite a lot while touring. They have some great artifacts.

Thank snicks5
Okoboji, Iowa
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016

A mostly independent look through this museum was great! We did have to wait a little for a person to walk up with us at one point. But it was very interesting to see all the different items they have. I wasn't expecting it to be so big for some reason. Probably not very fun for very young kids. But... More 

Thank ComedyAddict
Baltimore, Maryland
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185 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

When we discovered there's a Polish museum in Chicago, we said we have to check it out. Thanks to Zosia (spelling?) for showing us the main exhibits and Fred for guiding us through the Paderewki collection - check out the bronze casting of his hand - it's huge! I also loved the poster collection. We had a blast! Fred is... More 

Thank Karen R
Osaka, Japan
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016

Not many people even including intellectual Chicagoans knows this place has great Ignacy Jan Paderewski Collection including the feather pen used for signing on Treaty of Versailles. This is essential to understand our history not withstanding our roots and current world. This museum is tiny, however, their Paderewski Room acquired from Buckingham Palace Hotel on 57th Street and America's Avenue... More 

2 Thank 361yoshi
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Worth the admission fee because there is a lot to see and learn here. My favorite part was the exhibit on the Pope, especially seeing the pictures of him visiting the museum! The experience was a little odd as I was the only visitor, so after pressing a button in the lobby to find her, the museum guide accompanied me... More 

2 Thank eec317
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

The Polish Museum is essentially a bunch of artifacts donated to the museum in the early 20th century. The museum doesn't seem to have updated much of its collection since then. The museum is about 75% Polish history and 25% Polish-American history. It's worth a short stop (about an hour) if in the neighborhood.

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2016

the only polish museum in Chicago, has special room dedicated to Paderewski, one room full of paintings. in the main chamber, there are special events going on from time to time, like concerts, movie projections or exhibitions.

2 Thank Wojo79
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

I'm Polish so I'm here at least few times a year to attend a lot of events organized by Polish Museum and by other Polish organizations. Downstairs there is a very resourceful library which is celebrating 100 years this year. And on the 3rd floor there is a large hall (main room) where events are hosted. A lot of different... More 

3 Thank Anna G

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