National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago

4.3
#38 of 50 in Museums in Chicago
In 1981, a few Vietnam combat veterans put together an artistic and historical collection that would become a timeless, humanistic statement of war on behalf of all veterans for future generations.

The Vietnam Veterans Art Group formed in Chicago in 1981. One year later, the group mounted its first exhibit of veteran artwork entitled “Reflexes and Reflections.” The exhibit toured museums and galleries nationwide.

The overwhelming emotional response to the work, along with an increasing amount of contributions by artists, led to the official establishment of a permanent museum. Upon viewing the collection, Mayor Richard Daley was so personally moved that he allocated a permanent building to house the collection.

The National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum opened its doors at the original location at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue in 1996.

Since 2003, the museum has broadened its mission to include art by veterans of all wars. In 2010, the word Vietnam was dropped the from and we became the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM). Today, the NVAM houses more than 2,500 works of art, including paintings, photography, sculpture, poetry and music. All works in the Museum’s permanent collection were created by more than 255 artists who are veterans of American conflicts. The artwork showcased at the museum provide unique viewpoint on the controversial subject of war to all. It is a tenuous and reflective balance of beauty and horror, giving unique insight into the psyche of combat veterans and consequential hindsight war

leaves on its survivors.

Opening on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, the museum recently relocated from its original location to its new home in center of the historical Portage Park neighborhood of the city of Chicago.

National Veterans Art Museum

4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Second Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60641
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  • I like this museum but it is not very big and the largest hit is it is away from everything in the Portage Park neighborhood so you really need a car to get to it. They used to be just south of the Lo...  more »
  • A great place to stop just before Memorial Day. Being a Vietnam veteran, I enjoyed seeing items the were used by us vets in Vietnam. The pictures were excellent in this exhibit. It is well displayed w...  more »
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  • This place took our breath away. Being a military family, seeing the photos and paintings brought tears to my eyes. We were sad to find out that the dog tags display is NOT at this place, but at a library in downtown Chicago. Otherwise, this was such a great place to visit and look around.
  • Great place. massive support to veterans

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