Ten of the Best Museums in Chicago

Adventure Awaits at Chicago’s Top Museums

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Museums are great places to experience and learn about history, art, science, and culture. Chicago is a city with many museums, and some were the first of their kind in the Western Hemisphere. Some of the more well-known Chicago museums include the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago was inclusively in the classic 1989 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Spectacular museums dedicated to art in Chicago include The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Smart Museum of Art, and The National Museum of Mexican Art. Some of the most famous paintings at The Art Institute include Nighthawks, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, American Gothic, The Old Guitarist, and The Bedroom.

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As for science museums, The Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Museum of Science and Industry are some of Chicago’s biggest and most popular. Currently, the Museum of Science and Industry is exhibiting Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, the largest exhibition celebrating the Marvel Universe.

To learn about history, the Field Museum and Chicago History Museum are ideal for visiting. The Field Museum is the home of Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex, the physically largest and most complete (90%) T.rex discovered.

To learn more about these museums and where to find them, see the map below.

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