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The Polish Museum of America
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Chicago, IL 60642-4101
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Fax: (773) 384-3799

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Friday-Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

                       Last admission at 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

                  Last admission at 6:15 p.m.

Thursday: CLOSED

See also, Visiting tips


Monday-Tuesday & Friday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Thursday & Sunday: CLOSED


Gift Shop

Friday-Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Thursday: CLOSED


General office hours

Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

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how to get there & parking




All departments of the PMA are CLOSED to the general public on Thursday.

Unscheduled visitors will NOT be admitted.


In the event of special events or severe weather, we may experience an unscheduled closure.

Please check the home page for closure notices, or call ahead: (773) 384-3352.


2014 Holidays and Other Scheduled Closures

February 17 – Presidents Day

March 3 – Pulaski Day

April 18 – Good Friday

April 20 – Easter

May 26 – Memorial Day

July 4 – Independence Day

September 1 – Labor Day

October 13 – Columbus Day

November 27 & 28 – Thanksgiving

December 24 & 25 – Christmas

January 1, 2015 – New Year’s Day

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Admission tickets are purchased in the first floor Museum Gift Shop when you arrive.

  • Adults — $7.00

  • Seniors (over 62 years)/ Students (over 9 years) — $6.00

  • Members — $5.00

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Here are some suggestions for maximizing your enjoyment of the Museum. We love our visitors to share our enthusiasm for the treasures found within!

  • Please allow at least one hour for your visit. There is a lot to see in the Museum and you will want to visit the Gift Shop.  Please try to arrive before 3:00 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays, and before 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

  • The building that houses the Museum must be secured at 4:00 p.m. (Fridays through Tuesdays) or 7:00 p.m. (Wednesdays).                                       For security reasons you will not be allowed to stay beyond that time.

  • Feel free to ask questions of the tour guides! They have a great deal of knowledge, particularly about the Polish-American community, as well as the exhibits in the Museum.

  • The tour guides can give you information and help about getting around Chicago. We can direct you to the Polish neighborhoods in Chicago and suggest where you can find Polish food.

  • Tour guides can give you information about Polish Catholic churches in the area.

  • Do not assume that all Museum Staff are fluent in Polish. In fact, some have no Polish language capability.

  • If you are visiting as the result of a school assignment, please let the tour guide know this when you enter the Museum. We are always most happy to tell you about the history and background of the Museum.

  • Please be patient during your visit. The Museum has limited staff and someone may not be immediately available to see to your wishes.

  • Please watch your step when walking about, especially in the stairwells. All too often we have visitors so interested in the displays of art that they miss a step and take a tumble. Please do take care!

  • Please be prepared to pay your admission without asking for change. Museum Staff have some capability for making change for large bills but it is limited, especially on weekends. Please do not ask us to provide change for bus or subway fares.

  • We can call a taxi for you if you ask. This is usually only necessary on weekends. On weekdays you will wait no more than five minutes to catch a cab in front of the building.

  • If you are bringing small children to the Museum you will be expected to control their behavior such that their safety is assured. Running or throwing objects is never allowed in the Museum. If Staff notice such behavior you will be asked to control your children or leave the Museum. Visiting the Museum is a privilege, not a right. You may be held liable for any damages caused.

  • Please do not play the piano. (An exception will be made if your name is Ignacy Jan Paderewski or Frédéric Chopin!)

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Mission Statement

The Mission of The Polish Museum of America, an integral part of the dynamic mosaic of Polish life in Chicago, is to promulgate the rich cultural history of the Polish people by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and displaying materials related to this heritage; and to integrate these resources into appropriate programs, activities, and exhibitions that enrich the intellectual and artistic lives of all members of society.

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