First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton

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  • August 9, 2017
    Presently closed for rehab. Will reopen August 26. It displays the difficult and good times our troops had in time of battle. Makes one appreciate the men and women that gave their lives for our freed...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    Just to let everyone know if you are planning to visit the first division museum and what to take pictures of the tanks outside the museum before September 2017 you will not. Unfortunately the tanks a...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    As a member, invited to see the artifacts that will be enhancing the museum when the project is completed. This is a very high quality and thoroughly researched undertaking. A must see for anyone.  more »
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  • January 12, 2017
    Museum, Gardens, Mansion, & Tanks to Climb! The Big Red One First Division Military Museum at Cantigny is a fun, interactive museum that is completely redesigned for 2017. The Bug Red One Museum is at the heart of Cantigny Park with its acres of beautiful gardens, the McCormick Mansion, and dozens of tanks and vehicles you can climb. All of this only costs $10 a carload! The museum features everything from World War I trenches to Vietnam and Desert Storm tanks. You can climb on everything dozens of vehicles including World War II Landing Craft and armored vehicles. From children to adult history buffs, the battle scenes and films will capture your imagination. Make sure you allow time to also see the manicured park and gardens and the wide variety of flowers and trees. (See photos.) The stunning 35-room mansion was the home of Colonel Robert McCormick, former Chicago Tribune publisher. The Mansion is where scenes from Tom Hank’s "A League of Their Own" were shot. (More photos!) Plus there is a golf course, another museum, playgrounds, a gift shop and restaurant. Secret: Scout Troops or Packs can still camp at the park each weekend! So much to explore. Cantigny is usually open daily except in January and is about 30 miles west of Chicago.
  • October 23, 2016
    This is a wonderful museum for those interested in history and the military. The restaurant in the visitor center was perfect for lunch. The indoor museum is informative and great for anyone. The outdoor tank park is great for kids and war buffs. The gardens on the museum grounds are gorgeous. The house tour was great too! The best part: $5 entry fee per car and no other costs
  • January 19, 2017
    This is a very neat place. I love taking my kids here. The tanks out front are awesome and it's a history lesson every time you go.
  • September 11, 2016
    Beautiful place as we visited it for a family picnic on a fine sunny day! The Museum is dedicated to the First Infantry Division & exhibits Interactive presentation of the military history. There is no Admission fee to the museum but there is a parking fee for the park. Parking fee is between $2 / $5 for cars & $40 / $80 for limousines & buses depending on the passenger capacity. If you are a History lover then you can spend your quality time here. It remains closed during the entire month of January. General timings are 10 AM - 5 PM which keeps changing month on month basis so it's better to check the timings before you visit it. There's a Tank park displaying war tanks from WW. You can also explore diaries, letters and artifacts from WWI here. Museum holds events pertaining History & Military events, further details can be found on the official website.
  • January 5, 2017
    Was a fantastic museum even before the ongoing remodel. I hope that this new version is even more incredible than the last!

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