At the highly interactive exhibits you will be able to listen to banned music, view T-shirts used by kids to protest at school, or read about freedom in other countries.
“Our museum’s mission is to help people better understand and value their freedoms, so that they may protect and defend them. As citizens of a democratic society, we cannot take our freedoms for granted,” executive director Dave Anderson is quoted as saying in a press release.
When the museum opens on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on 11 April 2006, covering two floors and 10,000 square feet of exhibit space, visitors are encouraged to explore freedom in a relevant and unbiased context that allows them to reach their own conclusions.
The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum was created and funded by the McCormick Tribune Foundation to commemorate its 50th anniversary and to provide public service for America’s youngest citizens.
Press release from McCormick Tribune Museum – 17 March 2006 (in pdf format):
‘America’s first museum dedicated to freedom and the First Amendment to open in Chicago’
Official home page of the museum: