If you were planning an attack on the First Division Museum, your most prudent approach would be from the rear. Out front, 11 tanks of many eras stand on a kind of guard duty. The museum calls it a “Tank Park,” which sounds friendly enough, but it looks pretty much impregnable.

The museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, the former estate of legendary Tribune publisher Robert R. McCormick, puts you in a frame of mind to contemplate assaults on peaceable public structures.

That’s not to say it inspires bloodlust or the urge to expansionism, but rather that it is very good at making you think about military methods and motivations.

I had not visited the First Division Museum before its multimillion-dollar renovation, which it will show off when it reopens to the public with a daylong celebration Saturday.

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