NHM Collections - National Hellenic Museum

The National Hellenic Museum will be closed to the public from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM on Friday, June 16 due to a private event.


At its heart, the National Hellenic Museum is dedicated to holding significant memories of the Greek American experience and Hellenic legacy. We use stories to teach about who we are as a community through these preserved artifacts. The NHM Collections & Archives have a significant place at the center of our past, present, and future.

The National Hellenic Museum accepted the first artifact into its Collections in 1993 – a dowry cedar chest that is currently on display in the core exhibit, The Greek Story in America. Since then, the NHM Collections have grown to include more than 10,000 artifacts, over 100 archival collections, more than 450 oral history interviews and an extensive reference library with a significant holding of Greek American newspapers. The bulk of the museum’s holdings date from 1890 – today.

The NHM Collections & Archives represent the Greek experience in America by preserving the items and artifacts that the Greek American community has carried with them, saved, treasured and eventually donated into our custody. Our job as a museum is to care for every item in our Collections, providing storage, preservation when possible, and permitting appropriate access to Museum archives for researchers and educators.

Want to learn more?
The NHM Collection is currently accessible to researchers and scholars by appointment only.

For more information about using the Collections for research or to learn about the donation process, please contact:

Jeremy Bucher, Collections Manager
312-655-1234 x23

Donate to Preserve the Collections