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The Polish Museum of America is located in West Town, in what had been the historical Polish Downtown neighborhood of Chicago. It is home to a plethora of Polish artifacts, artwork, and embroidered folk costumes among its growing collection. Founded in 1935, it is one of the oldest ethnic museums in the United States and Core Member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of 25 ethnic museums and cultural centres in Chicago.
Each year, the museum organizes several exhibitions, publishes accompanying bilingual catalogs, and conducts a wide range of public programming, frequently in collaboration with other museums, educational institutions, and cultural centers. It promotes the knowledge of Polish history and culture by focusing on Polish and Polish American art through its collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and lithographs by well-known artists. In addition to exhibits the Polish Museum of America also maintains cultural programs such as lectures, movies and slide presentations, theater performances, meetings with schools and people dedicated to Polish Culture from all over the world.
The museum serves as the focus of official commemorations of Casimir Pulaski Day where various city and state officials congregate to pay tribute to Chicago's Polish Community.
Polish Museum of America Reviews
Highlight of my week in Chicago. All Poles should make the pilgrimage and learn some more of their history. Excellent Polish library next door, and the museum is even better. Thinking of going back... more »
When you speak to the staff, they are friendly and full of helpful information. They helped me translate some notes from my great grandmother’s photos and I couldn’t be more thankful! The Paderewski..... more »
Amazing museum, went here at a slower time and the guide was so happy and enthusiastic to help us learn about polish history both in the United States and Poland. She did such an excellent job of engaging and teaching us throughout our experience, and I will gladly recommend this as place to visit for anyone who can make it a part of their time in Chicago.
Wonderful exhibits and staff. Lira music event absolutely delightful. Songs were deeply meaningful and soothing to hear. The event catering meal was delicious. History , stories and religious icons richly presented for all ages and beliefs in the displays. I want to return and see more!
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