As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is full of famous attractions for both tourists and locals. Among these are many well-known museums popular for their historical and cultural exhibits. Ranging from art to history to science, Chicago’s museums offer beautiful and informative exhibits. Many of these museums offer free days or discounted tickets for Illinois residents, so take advantage and visit these top museums.
The Art Institute of Chicago is America’s second largest museum and home to many famous works of art.
The Museum of Science and Industry features exhibits on technology, space, energy, transportation, history, and more.
The Field Museum is known for exploring natural history and the famous dinosaur named Sue in the lobby.
The Museum of Contemporary Art features modern works of art by artists like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.
Chicago’s Design Museum is located in the Block 37 shopping center and is mostly run by volunteers.
The Chicago Architecture Center recently opened in August 2018 and features skyscraper exhibits and an interactive model of Chicago.
The Adler Planetarium features everything related to astronomy and hosts an “Adler After Dark” program for adults.
The Chicago History Museum is full of both temporary and permanent historic exhibits about Chicago.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is dedicated to nature, biology, and interactive ecosystems.
Located in Pilsen, the National Museum of Mexican Art features colorful murals, Mesoamerican artifacts, and modern art.