In remembrance of the effort and sacrifices made by Jane Addams, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is dedicated to peace advocacy and social justice. Boarded in an original Hull-House building and operated by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the museum features exhibits, social services, and urban research initiatives. The two building Hull-House is officially recognized as both a Chicago and National Landmark.
The Hull Home was built by Charles J. Hull in the mid-19th Century. Jane Addams occupied the home in 1889. The interior of the building displays original furniture, photographs and artwork.
The Jane Addams Hull House Museum is open to the public for tours Tuesday-Friday, from 10am-4pm, and Sundays from Noon-4pm. For more information on drop-in visitor availability, group reservations and special events, click here.
EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
The museum is known for interactive exhibits like its cell phone tour which features contemporary activists like Bill Ayers, Paula Giddings and Vijay Prashad discussing Hull-House history. Every Tuesday from 12-1:30, the museum offers free soup made from local ingredients and served in the Arts & Crafts Residents' Dining Hall. Meals include a presentation about urban agriculture, as well as local and global food issues.
ABOUT JANE ADDAMS
In 1931, Jane Addams became the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize while, simultaneously, being described as "the most dangerous person in America" and "Public Enemy #1." Her commitment to women's rights made her both a national hero and a problem for those divergent to social change.
Addams co-founded the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and helped establish the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as well as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).