Museums in Chicago

Heritage and History Museums

There are lots of museums about the history of the city from different points of view. Here are some of the most recommended ones:

The DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637.

Dedicated to present and preserve African- American history and achievements. It’s vast and diverse collection includes paintings, sculpture, print works and historical memorabilia in different subjects. Among the permanent exhibitions are “A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story,” “Paintings / Drawings / Sculptures: Masterpieces from the DuSable Museum Collection.” Events, workshops, performance and festivals are held during the year.

The museum was founded by Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs in 1961 and is named after Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a Haitian of African and French descent, who in 1779 established the permanent settlement which became Chicago.

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM. Sunday 12 – 5 PM.
Free admission on Tuesdays.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The museum presents and shares the stories of Chicago and its people through exhibitions, programs, publications, and digital media.

Although most of its early collections was destroyed in Chicago fire in 1871, over the years the museum collected more than 2 million objects which are presented in rotation and permanent exhibitions in the museum – “Facing Freedom in America,” “Lincoln’s Chicago”, and rotation exhibitions about fashion in America, LGBT Chicago community and more.
Check out the calendar for events, lectures, tours and more.

Open Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesdays till 9 PM, Sunday 12 – 5 PM.
Free admission on Tuesdays from 12:30-9 PM
For more information check the museum’s website.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607.

One of the few preserved settlement houses in the US, the museum presents the community life of the immigrants who lived in the house as well as the notable life and achievements of its co-founder the social reformer and the Nobel Peace Prize awarded Jane Addams.

The settlement house was a cultural community center as well as residence houses.

The museum showcases exhibitions, events and guided tours.

Open Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM, Sunday 12 – 4 PM. Free, with suggest donation.
For more information check this link.

Located in Chicago Women’s Park & Garden is the oldest house in the city, built in 1836 in Greek Revival style for the merchant Henry Brown Clarke and remodeled for his widow, Caroline Palmer Clarke, in the early 1850s.

The house survived the Chicago’s fires and was moved twice, to tell the story of family life in pre-Civil War Chicago.

Free guided tour on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm and 2:30pm
For more information check the museum’s website.

An architectural treasure in Chicago, the restored house was completed in 1887 by the American architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

The house can be visited following a guided tour which will review the house architecture, design, and cultural history.

Open Wednesday-Sunday for tours at 11:30 1:00 PM , and 2:30 PM
For more information check the museum’s website.

Science and Technology Museums

The Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605.

One of the largest natural history museums in the world.
Maintain a collections of over 24 million specimens and objects, existing biodiversity, gems, meteorites, fossils, and rich anthropological collections and cultural artifacts from around the globe.

Most of them presented in the museum permanent exhibitions. In addition, there are educational and research programs, daily enrichment program, hands on activities, 2&3D movies, lectures, tours and more.

Open Daily 9 AM – 5 PM
For more information check the museum’s website.

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610.

The Museum presents the history, development, and advances of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine.

Guided tours, concerts, lectures and other events are held on a daily basis.

Open Weekdays 9:30 AM – 5 PM Weekends – 10:00 AM – 5 PM
For more information check the museum’s website.

Founded in 2012 as a pop-up museum exhibiting in different locations around the city, in 2014 a Kickstarter fundraising allowed it to move to a permanent location.

The museum founded by volunteers from the design community and run mostly by volunteers.

Open Monday – Saturday- 10:00 AM–6:00 PM , Sunday- 11 AM–4:00 PM.
Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

Operating since 1930 with a mission to connect the people to the universe, the planetarium showcasing exhibitions about the plants, universe and humanity journey to space.

In addition to exhibitions there are different shows such as “Imagine the Moon,” “Planet Nine” and more.

Check their calendar for special events and show times.

Open Daily 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM , June- September 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
For more information check the museum’s website.

One of a kind museum, dedicated and celebrating American Literature and writing, exploring their impact on American culture, history and life.

Among its permanent exhibitions are “The mind of a writer,” “A nation of writer,” “Word Play” and more.

Guest exhibitions focusing on specific subjects or about writers, check the calendar for more information and for special events.

Open Daily 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, June- September 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
For more information check the museum’s website.

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