First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton

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  • Museum has been reconfigured and is not a great deal different from the original. More interactive displays, but this could be a more interesting museum. O.K. for a rainy day visit.  more »
  • While I enjoy history, I learned many things here that I did not know. Located on the grounds of Cantigny Park, this museum is dedicated to the First Infantry Division of the Army (The Big Red 1). It ...  more »
  • One of my favorite places to go in this area. It’s a well done museum that focuses on the Big Red 1. Worth a visit  more »
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  • I had a blast here i spent 2 hours in here going through a couple times they also have two virtual reality interactive areas
  • This is and has been one of the best kept secrets in Illinois. I've met so many people who have never heard of it. They just did a major renovation and it is a wonderful addition to what they already have. Would highly recommend this place ! Grounds, Mansion, Museum, visitors building, and staff are outstanding !!
  • Great museum showing the history of the Big Red One. Amazing that it's free
  • 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.
  • 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

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