The Freedom Express is a 45-foot traveling museum that offers visitors an opportunity to explore their First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Interactive exhibits and thought-provoking artifacts illustrate how the First Amendment enables a healthy democracy, where we can freely exchange ideas, learn from diverse perspectives, and act on issues that matter to us. Exhibits explore the historical context of our constitutional freedoms, as well as their contemporary relevance to our daily lives.
This one-of-a-kind museum is available - free of charge - to visit schools and community events throughout Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. For more information about the Freedom Express, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
Our programming for 6th-12th grade students also includes the Discovery Trunks, which are available at no charge to educators throughout Illinois. These trunks ship right to the classroom, where students can explore artifacts and multimedia that illuminate the lives of historic figures featured in the museum. Educators and students alike can also sign up to receive Freedom in the News, a Web site featuring the latest headlines tied to freedom and the First Amendment, many of which relate specifically to the rights of youth ages 12-22. While these resources are designed to supplement a Freedom Express visit, they can also be used independently to support a variety of classroom curricula.