The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries brings to life the drama, sacrifices, personal stories, and strategies of America’s campaign to defeat the Axis powers and preserve freedom. From faltering first battles in North Africa to the bloody struggle at Germany's doorstep, the immersive galleries in Road to Berlin recreate actual battle settings and villages—with crumbling walls, bomb-torn rooftops, icy pathways, and a chillingly realistic soundscape—as the evocative backdrop for period newsreels, video histories, interactive kiosks, macro-artifacts, and digital displays dive deeper into the story. The result is a richly layered, multimedia experience that invites exploration and connection. Visitors are able to walk in the shadow of Normandy's brutally dense hedgerows and imagine the challenges that followed D-Day; attend a mission briefing with the Bomber Boys and gain perspective inside America's all-important air strategy; and see personal artifacts—cigarette boxes, photographs—scattered over real Normandy sand, providing a touching perspective on the human cost of the war.
Expansive in its scope, exhaustive in its detail, and captivating in its innovative design, Road to Berlin is a whole new way to understand America's story of the war in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean.
Set in an abandoned room in North Africa, this gallery recreates the pressures faced by Allied strategists in November 1942.
This immersive 1,500-square-foot space conveys the landscape of Tunisia as American forces stem the Nazi tide.
This evocative space employs an animated map along with artifacts and photographs as it details storming the strategic island.
In this gallery, oral histories recount battles and everyday life in the war, while exhibits communicate the strategic complexity of the warfare.
Surrounded by a recreated Nissen hut, this gallery tells of WWII air power—from the German Luftwaffe to America’s strikes in Europe.
With an informative D-Day film, this exhibit captures the courage and sacrifice of the thousands of men who fought on D-Day.
This gallery illustrates obstacles the Allies faced—from the German counterattack at Mortain to the major setback in Operation Market Garden.
This gallery mimics the interior of a blown-out German bunker, allowing you to see the defensive infrastructure Germans employed.
This immersive gallery sets the scene for the six-week Battle of the Bulge—the US Army’s largest battle of World War II.
Our final gallery reveals the last major obstacles of the war in Europe, and the ultimate surrender of Germany.
Joe Louis was boxing's heavyweight world champion when he joined the US Army and fought for his country and his community.
Rob Citino, Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian of the Museum, lists his favorite books on D-Day.
Captain Lucien Laborde was one of nearly 280,000 men and women from Louisiana who served in the Armed Forces in World War II.
In secret, hidden from occupying German forces, Willem Kolff developed the first dialysis machine to save patients from kidney failure. After the war, he brought his device to the United States and made a career in artificial organ development.
James Robinson was a professional soldier who lost his life on April 6, 1945 fighting for his country.
On April 4, 1945, the US 4th Armored Division and 89th Infantry Division of the Third US Army came face to face with the horrors of Nazi brutality. The men discovered Ohrdruf, a Nazi labor camp and a subcamp of the Buchenwald system.
The US 30th Infantry Division receives the Presidential Unit Citation in honor of its heroism at the Battle of Mortain, August 1944.
One unit had perhaps the oddest assignment in the US Army: create a fake force, but make it look and sound real.