Top 10 Best Museums in Chicago (with Map & Photos)

1. The Field Museum of Natural History

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The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago Museums

The museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world in terms of the number of zoological and anthropological artifacts and the quality of educational and scientific programs. The museum's collections contain a huge variety of fossils, precious stones, biological elements and meteorites. The museum has been in its current location since 1921. More than 30 exhibitions are held here on an ongoing basis. In the inner halls you can get acquainted with "Sue" - with the largest and most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex in the world. There is also a large number of relics of ancient Egypt, the ancient Americas, Tibet and China; the museum contains the evolutionary chains of life on Earth over the past 4 billion years, huge figures of ancient animals and many, many more interesting things.

 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Downtown, Chicago
 daily 9.00-17.00. No entry after 16.00.
 $ 15 - general access, $ 12 - seniors and students, $ 10 - children 3-11 years old.

2. The Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago, Museums in Chicago

You can spend more than one year of your life exploring the collections of this extraordinary place. This institute has collected more than 300,000 works from all over the world and from every era, from ancient times to the present day. The museum has some of the world's finest collections of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, as well as amazing paintings by American artists. More than 30 paintings by Claude Monet, works by Renoir and Paul C├ęzanne, works by Vincent Van Gogh and many other incredible masterpieces await you in each of the halls of the museum. In 2009, the Institute of Arts opened a new wing of contemporary art and became the second largest museum in the United States.

 111 S Michigan Ave, Loop, Chicago
 Mon-Wed - 10.30-17.00, Thu - 10.30-20.00, Fri-Sat - 10.30-17.00
 $ 23 - general access, $ 17 - seniors and students, children 13 and under - free.

3. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The Museum of Contemporary Art boasts one of the largest collections of contemporary paintings and art in the country. There are constant exhibitions of paintings from other museums, so a visit to this museum provides an excellent opportunity to appreciate art from all over the world. But among the permanent exhibits there are such outstanding representatives as the works of Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder. Also, a lot of space is reserved for sculptures, video installations, some of the halls illuminate dances, theaters and music. The museum has a gift shop, a restaurant, a 300-seat theater and a very picturesque sculpture garden.

 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
 Tue - 10.00–20.00, Wed – Sun - 10.00–17.00
 $ 12 - general access, $ 7 - seniors and students, children under 12 - free.

4. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The museum was opened in 1933 on the occasion of the Century of Progress exhibition and today is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. The museum's exhibits include a real coal mine, a reconstructed German submarine U-505, captured during World War II; an enormous model of a railway, the first passenger train with a diesel-steam engine, and the Apollo 8 spacecraft, which brought the first people to orbit the moon. In 2009, the Museum of Science and Industry was the second most visited attraction in Chicago. Definitely worth a visit here!

 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Hyde Park, Chicago
 daily - 9.30-16.00
 $ 15-18 - general access, $ 14-17 - pensioners, $ 10-11 - children 3-11 years old, children under 2 years old - free.

5. Chicago History Museum

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Chicago History Museum

The building of this museum contains a great variety of archival photographs and objects of American history. Unsurprisingly, the largest section in the Museum is dedicated to the history of Chicago. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 pretty much depleted the museum's collection, but despite this fact, the museum has been able to expand its collection to 22 million items today. It displays not only photographs and documents, but also many large historical sites, such as the first Chicago subway car in 1893 and the first Chicago locomotive. And the collection of costumes of this museum has long exceeded 50,000 pieces and is able to tell about the fashionable history of the city since the 18th century.

 1601 N Clark St, Chicago
 Mon-Sat - 9.30-16.30, Sun - 12.00-17.00
 $ 14 - general access, $ 12 - seniors and students, children under 12 - free.

6. Shedd Aquarium

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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Museums

The Shedd Aquarium was the first land-based aquarium with a permanent collection of marine fish. More than 2,000,000 visitors come here throughout the year to view 32,000 specimens of various fish. In addition to fish, there are hundreds of species of marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects. Shedd's Aquarium has been recognized as the most visited aquarium in the United States on several occasions. And, indeed, it is difficult to resist and not see all the sea corners of the world at once - starfish and horses, huge octopuses, Nile crocodiles; sail the Amazon with anacondas, piranhas and crocodiles; watch the performances of marine animals - dolphins, sea otters, lions and belugas.

 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Downtown, Chicago
 Mon-Fri - 9.00-17.00, Sat-Sun - 9.00-18.00
 $ 8-34.95 - depends on the exhibition, $ 6-25.95 - children 3-11 years old.

7. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Museums

The museum focuses on the natural history of the Chicago region and contains many educational programs for adults and children. On the territory of the museum, several interactive exhibitions and expositions are constantly held that tell the ecological history of the state of Illinois and the city. There are also pavilions with collections of birds and insects, but the main pride of the museum is the popular Butterfly House, where more than 200 different varieties of local and exotic representatives of this species live. To learn more about ecology and modern technologies, visit the Green House, which fits perfectly into the environment and teaches people to interact with nature correctly.

 2430 N Cannon Dr, Lincoln Park, Chicago
 Mon-Fri - 9.00-17.00, Sat-Sun - 10.00-17.00
 $ 9 - general access, $ 7 - seniors and students, $ 6 - children 3-12 years old, children under 3 years old - free.

8. DuSable Museum of African American History

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DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago Museums

This museum became the first of the museums dedicated to the study and preservation of African American history, culture and art. Since its inception, the museum has gone through many difficult times, but since the early 1990s, despite financial problems, the museum gained popularity and began to flourish. The museum houses over 13,000 artifacts, books, photographs, art objects and memorabilia.

 740 E 56th Pl, Hyde Park, Chicago
 Tue-Sat - 10.00-17.00, Sun - 12.00-17.00
 $ 10 - general access, $ 7 - seniors and students, $ 3 - children 6-11 years old, children 5 years old and younger - free.

9. National Museum of Mexican Art

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National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago Museums

It is the only Latin American museum accredited by the American Association of Museums. The museum hosts many permanent exhibitions of Mexican artists, performances on various holidays. Those who wish will be able to receive lessons in the field of arts and attend numerous other educational programs. From 1996 to 2012, the museum had its own radio broadcasting station.

 1852 W 19th St, Chicago
 Tue-Sun - 10.00-17.00
 is free

10. Adler Planetarium

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Adler Planetarium, Chicago Museums

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum was the first planetarium opened in the Western Hemisphere. The activities of the planetarium are aimed at expanding knowledge about the Universe and its deeper understanding. Inside the planetarium there are three full-size theaters, various astronomical exhibitions are held, here you can look at the planets through a telescope, and even look beyond the Universe. Each of the halls of the planetarium is filled with interactive elements - go on a trip to the moon or 13 billion years ago to the origins of the Big Bang. Adler's Planetarium is a unique opportunity to see the entire Universe in one place and be at arm's length from the solar system.

 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, South Loop, Chicago
 Mon-Fri - 9.30-16.00, Sat-Sun - 9.30-16.30, daily in summer - 9.30-18.00
 $ 12 - general access, $ 10 - seniors, $ 8 - children 3-11 years old.

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