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First Division Museum at Cantigny
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The Big Red One marches on

My late father was proud of the fact that he was a member of the 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Taylor B
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Honoring Our Troops

Even those not interested in military history should take the time to visit this museum. It's in a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LFL101
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My late father was proud of the fact that he was a member of the 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One, the longest continuously serving division in the history of the U.S. Army, the first unit to deploy and engage in battle in World War I, World War II and Vietnam. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and served with the 1st Infantry Division through France and Belgium and into Germany. On the 50th anniversary of D-Day, he returned to Normandy. He would have enjoyed a visit to the 1st Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. But the present building opened in 1992, a year after my father passed away. Located at 1 S 151 Winfield Road or Route 38, east of Route 59, it is open from 10 to 4 Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. It features interactive exhibits and displays presenting the military history of the 1st Infantry Division, which was established on June 8, 1917. There are so many interesting exhibits: Tanks from World War I to Desert Storm, including the M1 Abrams tank, M24 Chaffee tank, M47 Patton tank, M47 Patton tank, M48 Patton tank, M41A3 Walker Bulldog, M1917 Light Tank, the U.S. Army's first official tank, and the 155 MM French Schneider Heritage M1917; Duty First, 2,500-square-foot of post 1970s combat and peacekeeping involvement; First In War: 1917-1970, the beginning of the 1st Division and how it has shaped American history; Historic Vehicle Fleet, a collection of restored World War II-era instruments of combat, including the Willys MB Jeep, the most iconic vehicle in U.S. military history. Walk the grounds, observe the exhibits and learn the history of the most famous fighting unit in the history of the United States.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even those not interested in military history should take the time to visit this museum. It's in a beautiful park with lovely gardens. There's a small café and a picnic area. You can also tour the Robert McCormick mansion.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coming from Belgium, our Chicago friends took us to the Catigny Park. After the Robert McCormick House, we visited this museum. Wonderful setting that takes you through all the important phases of this Division, from the battle of Catigny in WWI, to the landing in Omaha beach in June 1944, Vietnam, and all to way to Iraq and the current missions of the Army. Great display of armoured vehicles in front of the museum!

Thank 690henkr
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cantigny is a beautiful park for walking and picnicking. In the park is the First Division Museum. It is a moving experience to walk through the museum and all of the displays. You feel like you are part of the war. Small children could be scared but it is great for older kids and adults. A must see.

Thank Judie J
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have been going here for many years while the kids were growing up. I know they have to keep up with the competition, but it's too bad that they took out a beautiful fountain a few years back and installed a splash pad. It kind of cheapened the beauty of that part. All the gardens have been redone and they are okay; liked the open design before though. They are expanding the parking and took out more green space and seem to be pushing for the weddings now....The museum was redone as well and it was very nicely done. It's nice they have utilized underused space for other exhibits now.

Thank wrytr7
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

This museum is part of Cantigny Park but deserves it's own review. It is a well done and respectful view of the first division's role in our major wars. You also get to climb on real tanks if you can.

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Reviewed 27 September 2018

The museum is well done and can be a good experience for any age. Young children find it fun to walk thru the “trenches” and interact with some displays. Afterward their is tanks o crawl on and lovely grounds and gardens to view. A day well spent.

Thank Patricia T
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

What a wonderful museum recalling so many facts about people, places & events in WWI, WWII, Viet Nam & Middle East. Since my Dad was in Germany in WWII, it was amazing to see so many events from that time. Our uncle was also at Normandy which was so devastating. (He did survive). This museum is excellent, but perhaps not for small children. Younger than 10 would be difficult since they have no knowledge of what they're seeing & are unable to read so much of the displays. It was an unforgettable 2 hours that we spent there. A great job of recalling the honor, bravery & sacrifice that so many made to give us and so many others in the world their freedom. Thank you!

Thank Kathy M
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Reviewed 15 September 2018

This museum is located within Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL; no admission, only a parking fee $5-$10 as you enter the park. The museum and tank park went through a renovation I believe last year; the grounds are beautiful to walk around and explore about 12 tanks and other military vehicles. Inside the museum there are displays of the Division One Infantry from WWI to Desert Storm. I'm sure my husband would have liked to spend more time than we had to look around. You could easily spend a good part of the day between exploring the museum and Cantigny Park which has the McCormick museum and beautiful gardens and walkways.

Thank Jroset
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Cantigny really has something for everyone... the mansion and gardens are breathtaking, but the real highlight here is the 1st Division Museum and tank garden display. The museum has also recently undergone renovation and expansion to include modern military exhibits, while the Big Red 1 presentation has been revamped to be more informationally accessible. No more long winded seven paragraph tiny print displays- just pertinent facts engagingly displayed along with incredibly powerful artifacts. Dry young children might be a little overwhelmed. Older children, teens and adults will find it unforgettable.

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