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At its heart, the National Hellenic Museum is a Greek American cultural heritage institution, holding significant memories as a Museum and using stories to teach about who we are as a community through our preserved artifacts. The NHM Collections and Archives have a significant place at the center of our past, present, and future.

The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) accepted the first artifact into its Collections in 1993, a dowry cedar chest that is currently on display. Since then, the NHM collection has grown to include more than 10,000 artifacts, over 100 archival collections, more than 300 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.

NHM Collections and Archives represent the Greek story and 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 artifact in our collection, including protected storage, preservation when possible, and providing appropriate access to Museum archives.

Go to our Collections Donation FAQ for guidelines.


For more information, contact

trunkMargaret Fraser, Collections Manager
(312) 655-1234, Ext. 23