Explore Chicago’s Museums

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Break the boundaries of your vacation and venture into the world with these five world-class Chicago museums.

Field Museum

Explore the diversity of Earth at the Field Museum, one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Discover a collection of over 40 million artifacts and specimens thanks to the work of more than 150 scientists across the globe. Here, the whole family can express its passion for science while  learning about the interconnectedness of our world and its many specimens and cultures. The Field Museum aims to educate its visitors in order to conserve ecosystems and ensure a bright future for our planet.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is unique in that it exhibits art from living artists to demonstrate the influence of the past on the creativity of the present. The museum holds a collection of more than 2,000 works alongside additional performances and educational programs to give visitors a glimpse of the creative process. These offerings encourage discussion surrounding new-age experimental art and what each piece reveals about deeper contemporary issues.

Museum of Science and Industry

Delve into the wonders of all things science at the Museum of Science and Industry. Featuring 400,000 square feet of exhibits, 35,000 artifacts and hands-on lab experiences, this museum is sure to excite visitors of all ages. Take flight in a flight simulator, learn about genes in the baby chick hatchery, discover the wonders of weather with a 40-foot tornado, and more. This museum features all of  the adventures of science to create a truly unique educational experience. 

Art Institute of Chicago 

Acquaint yourself with centuries of art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Founded in 1879, the Art Institute houses a collection of 300,000 artworks that encompasses every artistic medium from across the globe. Committed to reaching a vast audience, fostering diversity, and considering context when viewing the world’s art, this museum will leave visitors with an enhanced appreciation for art as a whole. 

American Writers Museum

Celebrate the power of the written word and discover your appreciation for writing at the American Writers Museum. Here, visitors can survey the impact of the work of American writers on present-day identities and culture. Current exhibits include an interactive reading space, engaging timeline and ‘Mind of a Writer Gallery’ that allows viewers to learn about the writing process as a whole. 

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