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While the Museum is open on weekends, only part-time Staff are available on those days. Inquiries made to weekend Staff will most often wait until Monday for response. Please note that email is received, read and redirected only on weekdays between 7:00 am and 9:00 am. Please plan your inquiries accordingly. Staff will make every effort to provide requested information but reasonable lead time for us to do so is an expected courtesy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- I have items that belonged to a deceased relative. Can I donate these to the Museum?
- I have a painting by a Polish artist. Can you tell me its value?
- My ancestor lived in Chicago around 1900. Can you give me more information about him/ her?
- My family will be visiting the Museum next month. What else is there to do in Chicago?
- Are there any Polish restaurants near the Museum?
- Where is the Polish neighborhood in Chicago located?
- Can we get a guided tour of the Museum?
- I have some letters written in Polish. Can you translate these for me?
- I would like to rent the Museum space for an upcoming wedding reception, how do I arrange this?
- I have items that belonged to a deceased relative.
Can I donate these to the Museum?
It depends. We have limited storage space and must be selective about what we will accept. Please prepare a list of the items you want to donate and send it to the Museum. We will advise you what we will accept.
- I have a painting by a Polish artist. Can you tell me its value? No! This is potentially a conflict of interest. Contact the agent who handles your property or renters insurance and ask the agent to recommend a qualified appraiser.
- My ancestor lived in Chicago around 1900. Can you give me more information about him/ her? No. We do not have information about past residents of Chicago or any other city. We have newspaper obituaries and some selected church records available on microfilm. Please go to our genealogy page for more information on getting started with your genealogical research.
- My family will be visiting the Museum next month. What else is there to do in Chicago? Please click on the links page for information about Chicago tourism.
- Are there any Polish restaurants near the Museum? Yes. Podhalanka restaurant is about three city-blocks from the Museum. Any Museum Staff can give you directions at the time of your visit. The restaurant is very near to the Division Street Blue Line subway station. There are also very good non-Polish restaurants near the Museum.
- Where is the Polish neighborhood in Chicago located? The nearest Polish neighborhood to the Museum is located about four miles northwest of the Museum, at the junction of Belmont Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue. It can be reached by car or Public Transportation. Museum Staff can give you more information at the time of your visit.
- Can we get a guided tour of the Museum? This would be difficult. The Museum is large and has a great many exhibits. We have very limited staff available, usually just one person who handles visitor questions as well as the Gift Shop. We can give visitors an overview of the Museum and its history. We can answer questions and provide additional information on specific exhibits. Taking your group from exhibit to exhibit is not practical.
- I have some letters written in Polish. Can you translate these for me? Generally, no. We can suggest people who can translate but they will charge you a fee. However, sometimes there are exceptions to this general rule. It is best to send a description (quantity, dates, nature of the documents, if known, etc.,) of the documents to the Museum. For example, some years ago a person came in with quite a number of letters, correspondence between two sisters in the U.S. and their father in Poland. What interested us was that the letters spanned the period of 1914 to 1925. This was a critical period in Polish history and a long sequence of letters is very rare. We scanned all the letters and provided translations at no charge in order to add this information to our Archives.
- I would like to rent the Museum space for an upcoming wedding reception, how do I arrange this? Sorry, we do not rent out our facility to individuals. We do rent out our facility to community groups with relationships to the Polish community.
TIPS ON VISITING THE MUSEUM
EMAIL: PolishMuseum at PolishMuseumofAmerica.org
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Telephone: (773) 384-3352
Fax: (773) 384-3799