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Pritzker Military Museum & Library

104 S Michigan Ave, Second Floor - Public Entrance, Chicago, IL 60603-5902
+1 312-374-9333
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Museum/library for the study of military history

The Pritzker Military Museum and Library is more of a research library than a museum. Founded in... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
Great place to read about WAR

Pritzker Military Museum & Library is more of a war library. It has a lot of war books you would... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Robert W
Peoria, Illinois
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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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  • Average15%
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“vietnam war” (6 reviews)
“navy seals” (6 reviews)
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104 S Michigan Ave, Second Floor - Public Entrance, Chicago, IL 60603-5902
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-374-9333
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

The Pritzker Military Museum and Library is more of a research library than a museum. Founded in 2003, its collection comprises over 70,000 items and includes more than 45,000 books, as well as periodicals, videos, artwork, posters, rare military ephemera, over 9,000 photographs from the...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Pritzker Military Museum & Library is more of a war library. It has a lot of war books you would not normally find in a library. Clean and well maintained. Friendly staff. I enjoyed relaxing and looking at the different books on war.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This is first and foremost a library, but they do have a number of displays of artwork and artifacts that make a stop worthwhile if you're already in the neighborhood at the Art Institute across the street, etc. When we visited, the displays included a...More

Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 24 April 2017

You probably need to be a military history buff/geek to enjoy the Pritzker, but it is an easily digestible museum/library. You enter through a spectacularly renovated building--that alone was a cool feature of our visit. Upstairs, you will find two floors of exhibits and books....More

Thank J P
Reviewed 15 April 2017

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
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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....More

Thank agbook
Reviewed 29 March 2017

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...More

Thank SarahandJeff2013
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...More

Thank Maria G
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.

1  Thank Carlos C
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 -...More

Thank rndmlttrs
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