The National Public Housing Museum is the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in America. Our mission is to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all Americans to a place where they can live and prosper—a place to call home. Honoring the power of place, the Museum will activate the last building of the historic Jane Addams Homes on Chicago's Near West Side.
We believe housing is a human right and that our communities are made stronger by fair, equitable housing.
Housing as a Human Right
October 19, 2017 - Ongoing
The National Public Housing Museum and Archeworks partner to explore housing as a human right. The joint curatorial team presents a dynamic exhibition that challenges mainstream narratives about public housing and raises urgent questions about how to advance the public good. The exhibit includes installations from UNC Charlotte and the University of Arkansas, led by professors Marc Manack and Frank Jacobus of the office SILO AR+D as well as projects from Archeworks Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design program; former and current public housing residents; and experimental exhibit prototypes for the future permanent core exhibition of the Museum. Visitors can also visit the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes, where they will encounter an on-site installation that considers the changing demographics of the neighborhood and public housing memory, identity, and history.