Polish Museum of America

Polish Museum of America information

Chicago , USA
Address
Street 984 N Milwaukee Ave
Telephone
+1 773 384 3352
Getting there
metro Blue Line to Division
More information
www.polishmuseumofamerica.org
Prices
admission $7
Opening hours
11am-4pm, closed Thu
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Lonely Planet review

If you don’t know Pulaski from a pierogi , this is the place to get the scoop on Polish culture. It’s one of the oldest ethnic museums in the country, crammed with traditional Polish costumes, WWII artifacts, ship models and folk art pieces. Head up to the second floor and ring the doorbell to get buzzed in.

The curator can give you a personalized tour, since you'll likely be the only one here. It's a fine opportunity to learn about the Poles who helped shape Chicago, which has one of the world's largest Polish communities. (Casimir Pulaski, by the way, was a Polish hero in the American Revolution who was known as the ‘father of the American cavalry’ and the guy who saved George Washington’s life at the Battle of Brandywine; a pierogi , meanwhile, is a Polish dumpling.)