Free Admission at National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago

Did you know that the National Veterans Art Museum is located in Chicago, offers FREE ADMISSION, and inspires greater understanding of the real impact of war with a focus on Vietnam. NVAMThe museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans and is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.



The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The National Veterans Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit

PLEASE NOTE: The National Veterans Art Museum will be closed from May 12-24.





On Saturday, May 25, 2013, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will host the opening of Tenacity and Truth: People, Places and Memories, a brand-new exhibit showcasing works from the permanent collection. It features work that was created by artists both trained and untrained who share in the overwhelming need to express their experiences through a visual language and explores the creative process behind veteran art. Admission to the NVAM will be free all day with light refreshments offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Artist talks will take place throughout the afternoon.


Many of the pieces in the show have not been on exhibit for ten or more years, and include a variety of artists from all eras, including WWII, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, and Iraq. Gallery Coordinator Destinee Oitzinger notes that many artists discover their voice and subject matter through a creative practice; however veteran-made art often follows a different path. Oitzinger says of the works in this show: “The subject matter comes first and the artwork is made out of necessity. Most of the pieces in this collection were borne of events so powerful that the artists were compelled to harness and translate their experiences. Many have said they create because they are trying to help others understand their experiences; others admit that they use art to try to understand themselves and what they went through during their time in war. Still others hope to address the subject of war directly and expose truths that are often ignored or overlooked.” For most, art serves as the most authentic record of the human condition in all of its complexity, simplicity, horror and beauty.

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