Reminisce, Learn, Enjoy

Whether your group is 20 or 200, we would love to have you visit the museum and learn about the rich history of the 1st Infantry Division. Scouts, students, military enthusiasts, veterans groups, senior citizen groups—whatever category you fit in—you will find your time well spent.

For information about group reservations, please contact:

Mike Pellicane 630.260.8162

Field Trips

New 2018 Field Trips

At First Division, we have several focused field trip options for you and your students! We provide options that encourage critical thinking, such as our Artifact Adventures field trip, historical adventures, such as our WWII-based trip, and a more in-depth look at our Research Center, through our Hands-on at the Mansion, for those looking for a more immersive scholarly experience. Take a look at our field trip offerings below.

Transportation Scholarships

Cantigny Park is now offering transportation scholarships. Schools must apply for the scholarship at least six weeks in advance of the scheduled field trip. Schools will be notified via mail or email of the scholarship. They are to make their own bus arrangements and submit an invoice to the Cantigny Park for reimbursement of up to $200. A check will then be mailed to the school.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A teacher or school administrator may apply on behalf of a fourth through twelfth grade class or classes.
    Schools must be located in the Chicagoland area.
  • Schools must serve a student population comprised of at least 40% who qualify for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch Program.
  • Schools may be awarded up to two scholarships per calendar year.

Field Trip Resources



Scouting Out the First Division Museum

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The First Division Museum provides tremendous opportunities for scouts to build their confidence, character and a lifelong love of learning. The journey begins through the Main Exhibit Hall, where scouts go through the trenches of World War I, investigate an underground bunker, explore Omaha beach after D-Day, travel the jungles of Vietnam and much more! The eight major galleries of the First Division Museum cover military history from 1917-1991. In addition, there are 11 tanks outside the museum for scouts to explore and climb on.

Groups are encouraged to explore the Main Exhibit Hall with their chaperones. No reservations are needed for self-guided and chaperoned groups.

Also, we host a variety of badge programs for Girl Scout groups. Learn More.

In addition to the First Division Museum, the grounds of Cantigny offer a host of activities for scouts that include hiking trails, garden walks and the Robert R. McCormick Museum. There are also places for camping and picnicking.

For more information on scouting opportunities and activities at the First Division Museum, please contact Melissa Tyer at 630.260.8274 or email her at

For more information on scouting opportunities and activities at Cantigny Park, please contact Edith Roman at 630.260.8162 or email her at

Cub Scout and Girl Scout Overnights

The museum is going through exciting changes. We are getting a new exhibit on the modern military and upgrades to the existing exhibit and lobby. Unfortunately, the museum will be closed from November 2016 until August 2017 to do this. We hope to bring back an updated version of the popular overnight program in early 2018.

We will email the Scouting and Youth Organization List as soon as dates and other information is decided on. Use the following link to sign up for the Mailing List. Or email with your name, city, and what type of group you lead. We know your time is valuable, and will keep the updates on programs and events to no more than once a month. You can opt-out at any time. Your email will NOT be shared.

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Tyer Museum Educator 630.260.8274

Group Reservations

Something for Everyone!

The First Division Museum is not the only attraction when you come to visit. The museum sits in the midst of beautiful Cantigny Park , whose 40-acres feature the Formal Gardens, the Rose Garden, and the popular Idea Garden, as well as Reflection Point. There are also hiking trails, a new playground, and a remodeled Visitor’s Center, which features a coffee house and a restaurant.

At the north end of the park is the Robert R. McCormick Museum, the former home of our benefactor, Robert R. McCormick. South of the park is Cantigny Golf, an award-winning 27-hole course that includes a learning center, a youth course, and a restaurant and grill.

Museum Hours

We are temporarily closed for a redesign. We will reopen August 26, 2017.

Typical Hours

Tuesday – Sunday
10 am – 5 pm

Admission to the museum is free. There is a parking fee for the park.

Parking Fees

Passenger Cars

Weekday $5.00

Buses, Limousines and Trolleys

18-34 Capacity $40.00
Over 35 Capacity $80.00

For more information, please contact:

Mike Pellicane 630.260.8162

Renting the Facility

Hold your next event here!

Looking for a unique space and an experience your guests will never forget? Host your next event at the First Division Museum. Rental spaces inside the First Division Museum are available for private parties and ceremonies. Rental fees are dependent upon the size of the room and time requested for use. All space rentals are scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

For more information please contact: