Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

Address: 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605 - MAP
Phone: (312) 922-7827
Web: www.adlerplanetarium.org

Whether you have a full day or just an hour or two, Adler Planetarium has admission passes to fit your interests. Take in immersive sky shows in the three full-sized theaters also daily programs, exhibitions, special lectures, summer camps, and more.

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

Address: 601 S Prospect St, Galena, IL 61036 - MAP
Phone: (815) 777-4444
Web: www.chi-athenaeum.org

Discover the key features and history of Chicago's 20th century architecture at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. The museum also showcases early examples of modern technological inventions like the television, the telephone, a toaster and other appliances.

Chicago Children's Museum

Chicago Children's Museum

Address: 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 - MAP
Phone: (312) 527-1000
Web: www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org

There are so many ways to play at Chicago Children's Museum! Climb on our schooner, hide in a tree house, construct a skyscraper, tinker with real tools, fish in a river, make art you can take home and so much more.

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Address: 1601 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60614 - MAP
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Web: www.chicagohistory.org

Browse through unique exhibits and more than 22 million artifacts detailing the history of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum currently houses objects like Abraham Lincoln's death bed and the city's first passenger car. The museum's research library displays important reference materials like books, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and photos significant to Chicago history.

The Chicago History Museum is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on North Clark Street. The museum was founded in 1856 but much of its early collection was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire. Some of the original artifacts lost in the fire include the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln.

Since rebuilding, the museum has amassed quite a collection of historical artifacts relevant to Chicago and the nation. Items in the museum's possession include Abraham Lincoln's deathbed and furniture from the room where he died, the clothes he and his wife wore the night of his assassination, the first passenger car to operate on the Chicago 'L' system, and other materials, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and photos related to Chicago's local history.

The Chicago History Museum also boasts the second largest collection of costumes and textiles in the country with over 50,000 pieces that date from the late 19th Century to present day. The collection is only surpassed by the costume and textile collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

DuSable Museum of African American Art

DuSable Museum of African American Art

Address: 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637 - MAP
Phone: (877) 387-2251
Web: www.dusablemuseum.org

Get an in-depth view of African American history and culture at the DuSable Museum of African American Art. The museum was the first of its kind in the nation and explores topics like the history of African Americans in the military, the career of Chicago's first African American Mayor and the Civil Rights Movement.

The DuSable Museum of African American History was founded in Chicago in 1961. The museum is located on the city's south side in Washington Park and was the first to showcase African American history, culture and art.

The collection at the DuSable Museum is comprised of over 15,000 objects. Artifacts on display include paintings, sculptures, print works, and historical memorabilia. Among these are 19th and 20th century artifacts from the United State slavery era and archival material like the diaries of sea explorer Captain Harry Dean. The museum also owns works from W.E.B Du Bois, sociologist St. Clair Drake and poet Langston Hughes.

Field Museum of Natural History

Field Museum of Natural History

Address: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605 - MAP
Phone: (312) 922-9410
Web: www.fieldmuseum.org

The Field Museum inspires curiosity about life on Earth while exploring how the world came to be and how we can make it a better place inviting visitors, students, educators and scientists from around the world on a journey of scientific discovery. From dinosaurs and mummies to exclusive special exhibitions, you'll never run out of things to explore. Their programs promise an experience unlike any other.

Glessner House Museum

Glessner House Museum

Address: 1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago IL 60616 - MAP
Phone: (312) 326-1480
Web: www.glessnerhouse.org

Step foot into one of the most innovative residences built in the 19th Century. The Glessner House Museum, a National Historic Landmark allows the opportunity to walk through its rooms, restored and furnished to their original appearance.

Illinois Railway Museum

Illinois Railway Museum

Address: 7000 Olson Rd, Union IL 60180 - MAP
Phone: (815) 923-4000
Web: www.irm.org

Learn about the history of railway transportation and its impact on the country at the Illinois Railway Museum. The museum displays more than 400 pieces of original equipment like horsecars, steam locomotives and passenger cars from the days when railroad transportation was vital for industrial purposes and everyday life in America.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 - MAP
Phone: (312) 280-2660
Web: www2.mcachicago.org

Enjoy the great works of contemporary art displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The museum is one of the largest in the world and showcases pieces by Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol.

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Address: 600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60605 - MAP
Phone: (312) 663-5554
Web: www.mocp.org

Find the art, beauty and cultural significance of print photography at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. The museum is the only one of its kind in the Midwest and features over 7,000 pieces of photography by renowned photographers like Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, and Julia Margaret Cameron.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography was founded by Columbia College Chicago in 1984. The collection is comprised of works of American photography from the 20th century and today. Photographs are showcased in various prints like gelatin-silver prints, color work, digital pieces, photograms, and other processes.

Among the 7,000 featured photographs, photographers include Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, and Victor Skrebneski.

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

Address: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637 - MAP
Phone: (773) 684-1414
Web: www.msichicago.org

Be ready to discover things you never knew about the Earth, the human body, technology, science and much more at the Museum of Science and Industry. In all, the museum has over 2,000 exhibits to educate and enlighten its patrons.

The Museum of Science and Industry is located at Jackson Park in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. The museum opened in 1933 and is now the largest science museum in the western hemisphere with over 2,000 exhibits throughout 75 halls covering about 14 acres. The museum's attendance record in 2009 made it the third largest cultural attraction in Chicago, having welcomed over 1.6 million guests.

Some of the museum's permanent exhibits include a working coal mine, a German Submarine captured in World War II, a 3,500-square-foot model railroad, the first diesel-powered passenger train, and a NASA spacecraft used for the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. Other exhibits feature flight simulators, military crafts, an assembly line replica, a 40-foot water vapor tornado, a 13-foot interactive heart and much more.

The museum has welcomed many traveling exhibitions in its history, some of which include Titanic: The Exhibition; Body Worlds; Leonardo Da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius; CSI: The Experience; Robots Like Us; City of the Future; Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination; and Harry Potter: The Exhibition.

This Chicago destination has garnered many awards:
  • Named one of the Seven Wonders of Chicago by readers of the Chicago Tribune
  • Named one of the country's 50 top family attractions in 2004 by Zagat Survey
  • Voted best museum in Chicago by Citysearch.com users in 2003
  • Named one of Chicago's top museums by Today's Chicago Woman readers in 2004
  • Featured in the 2005 World Almanac For Kids
  • Named one of the top 15 museums in the world by Life magazine's millennium edition
National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art

Address: 1852 W 19th St, Chicago IL 60608 - MAP
Phone: (312) 738-1503
Web: www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Expand your knowledge of Latino art and culture at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The museum showcases artworks in the fields of Pre-Cuahtemoc, Ephemera, textiles, folk art, prints and drawings, photography, painting, and sculptures.

The National Museum of Mexican Art was founded in Chicago in 1982. The museum is located in Harrison Park and features artworks and artifacts from Mexican history.

The permanent exhibit showcases the five stages of the history of Mexico: Pre-Cuauhtemoc Mexico, Colonial Mexico, Mexico from Independence to Revolution, Post-Mexican Revolution to Present-day Mexico and The Mexican Experience in the US. The museum is home to over 6,000 art pieces and also presents traveling exhibitions that visit other museums throughout the United States and Mexico. Since the museum was founded in 1987, the National Museum of Mexican Art's Education Department has offered interested patrons a variety of programs to expand the understanding of Mexican art, history and culture. Programs are offered in English and Spanish, and bilingual tours are provided as well. Instructors of the educational programs available are experienced, in-house or independent artists.

National Veterans Art Museum

National Veterans Art Museum

Address: 4041 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641 - MAP
Phone: (312) 326-0270
Web: www.nvam.org

The National Veterans Art Museum inspires greater understanding of the real impact of war with a focus on Vietnam. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans.

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