The National Hellenic Museum preserves and shares Greek heritage and culture through exhibits, programs, and collections that tell the modern Greek story, including the impact of Greek culture on western civilization. Visit today to see exhibits for children and adults on the Aegean Sea, the candy making history of Chicago, the 120th anniversary of the first Olympic Games in Athens, and the migration of Greek Americans to the United States. We offer guided tours and activities every Sunday for the whole family or sign up for classes on Greek dance, culture, and language.
Chicago has one of the world’s largest Greek populations. But Greek or not, this journey touches everyone. Greek history and culture is at the very foundation of western civilization, and continues to influence our lives to this day. Our government, language, architecture and theater all have their roots in ancient Greece.
Located in a new 40,000-square-foot space that is both contemporary and timeless, the Museum connects all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history, culture, art and the Greek American experience. Since 1983, the National Hellenic Museum, previously known as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, has been striving towards this mission. The Greeks laid the foundation for western civilization. Centuries later, thousands of Greek families immigrated to the United States and brought with them a rich culture and strong values. Now, everyone can explore and celebrate the timeless traditions and epic history of Greek culture at the all-new National Hellenic Museum.