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Chicago History Museum, Chicago

4.4
#7 of 48 in Museums in Chicago
At Chicago History Museum, learn all about the Windy City's history and its role as the scene of numerous nationally significant moments. Check out exhibits like Facing Freedom, which focuses on key American conflicts over freedom from the 1850s to the 1970s. Then head into the Abraham Lincoln alcove to discover details of the 16th president’s election, leadership during the Civil War, and assassination. The Sensing Chicago exhibit invites children to use their senses to learn about the city’s past. Temporary exhibits feature artifacts covering everything from the city’s art to its social movements. The community gallery highlights each of the city’s distinct communities. The museum is easily accessible via a quick walk from the nearby public transportation. Put Chicago History Museum into our Chicago online trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chicago.
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  • i think this where my wife and i spent an afternoon. Chicago has a LOT of stuff to see. A LOT of nice walking, parks , churches, etc. this is a fun place. well organized. easy UBER pick up and drop of...  more »
  • I absolutely love city museums that trace the evolution of a city from its beginnings to the present day. While this museum pays brief homage to the history of Chicago, it’s main purpose is to advocat...  more »
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  • There's some cool history here, but it's a deceivingly small museum, especially when a few of the exhibits were closed. Other than the major Chicago history area with the antique El car and other artifacts, a lot of the exhibits felt like... a stretch. An entire room was devoted to Lincoln and places he happened to visit in Chicago, when he didn't really have much to do with the city otherwise. There's a wall about a tiny connection Chicago had to the nuclear bomb AND the birth control pill, which felt like a bold choice. A lot of the interactive pieces in the museum were in need of repair- a practice piano was out of tune, the "learn to play" guitars were missing multiple strings, and the historical statues by the El car had almost all the paint chipped off of them. The museum cafe is also not open for the entirety of the operating hours of the museum, which is... strange. They gave us a discount (not sure why, but we weren't going to ask!), and the staff was very friendly, but this was a one and done for me. P.S. Definitely take a picture in the hot dog. If you're going to go, go all in.
  • Very nice museum! Low prices, and definitely worth visiting! I loved the exhibits they had, especially the one focused on freedom. Also, the exhibit about Martin Luther King Jr was extraordinary!
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