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The 5 Best Museums In Chicago
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The 5 Best Museums In Chicago

Picture of Kelly Bradshaw
Updated: 9 February 2017
Home to a magnificent an abundance of skyscrapers, shopping centres and beautiful vistas, Chicago also has a range of cultural, historical, and scientific landmarks. Below is a list of the best museums in the bustling city of Chicago, in Illinois.
The Field Museum, Chicago | © Dallas Krentzel/Flickr
The Field Museum, Chicago | © Dallas Krentzel/Flickr
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The Field Museum

Giving visitors the opportunity to discover how the world came into being, The Field Museum is incredibly popular with students, educators, and scientists from around the globe. A renowned international landmark, The Field Museum is home to an astonishing collection of more than 26 million biological specimens and cultural artefacts. Also offering a variety of exciting exhibitions, The Field Museum creates a fantastic day out for all of the family, packed with an endless range of rare objects and knowledge.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: 9am-5pm

Watch out for: the opportunity for the public to get involved in scientific research

1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, +1 312 922 9410

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Providing an incredible collection of art from around the world including American, African, Asian, Indian and European works, The Art Institute of Chicago has something to offer for everyone. Offering illuminating tours for students, teachers, teenagers and adults, this fantastic museum ensures to accommodate to everyone’s specific learning needs. Hosting regular exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing an eclectic range of work from a variety of renowned artists, The Art Institute of Chicago promises to create an unforgettable experience.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thurs 10:30am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10:30am-5pm

Watch out for: the Ryerson and Burnham libraries which constitute significant art and architecture research

111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, +1 312 443 3600

Art Institute of Chicago | © Lucas/Flickr
Art Institute of Chicago | © Lucas/Flickr
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Museum of Science & Industry

One of the largest science museums in the world, the Museum of Science & Industry is home to over 35,000 artefacts and provides an impressive 400,000 square feet of exhibits. Described as being on a mission to inspire and motivate children’s potential, and to encourage the inventive genius in everyone, the Museum of Science & Industry is the perfect place to visit for a day of interactive learning and culture. The only remaining building from the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, this incredible museum is an essential place to visit.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: 10am-5pm

Watch out for: The Omnimax Theater, which provides stunning and realistic visuals of science

5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, +1 773 684 1414

Museum of Science and Industry | © Kim Scarborough/Flickr
Museum of Science and Industry | © Kim Scarborough/Flickr
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The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Founded during the early 20th century, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago was originally considered as a research laboratory, and is now the world’s leading center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. Described as a world-renowned showcase for the history, art and archaeology of the ancient Near East, the museum displays a variety of rare and recovered artefacts derived from Oriental Institute excavations, making it a distinctive place to visit.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Tues 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-8pm, Thurs-Sun 10am-5pm

Watch out for: a variety of exciting ongoing research projects

1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, +1 773 702 9520

The Oriental Institute | © Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr
The Oriental Institute | © Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr
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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Maintaining an impressive reputation due to it being established as the first museum in Chicago, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is one of the city’s most attended institutions. Promising to make nature and science come alive, the nature museum is also known for its iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and variety of learning programmes. Described as providing more hands-on experience than any other museum in Chicago, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is perfect for those who love and wish to discover more about the environment.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

Watch out for: the scenic outdoor nature trail

2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, +1 773 702 9520

The Butterfly Haven, Peggy Notebaert Museum | © Wildcat Dunny/Flickr
The Butterfly Haven, Peggy Notebaert Museum | © Wildcat Dunny/Flickr