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Best Museums In Chicago

Chicago is a huge place. There’s a lot to do there and visiting a museum should top your list. Chicago is rich in museums and cultural institutes. Whatever genre you want to explore, Chicago will find you your perfect match. 

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To get your decision-making process a bit eased up, we’re enlisting some of the best museums in Chicago down below. 

The Field Museum 

The Field Museum is Chicago was originally founded to conduct the collections lined up for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Fast forward things to today’s time and this museum still conducts over 15 exhibitions. You can find plenty of ancient artefacts in this museum including Egyptian and Chinese mythologies. A full day can be easily spent there. 

Chicago History Museum

This museum was formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society. The History Museum celebrates and allows people to explore many historical public figures such as Abraham Lincoln. If you even want to explore the local culture then this is the place to be. The museum also has a Research Library that allows one to have a look at numerous pictures and documents of the city’s comprehensive history. The museum’s location is also quite preferable for many as it’s situated inside the Lincoln Park. 

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Museum Of Contemporary Art

Undoubtedly one of the largest museums constructed to celebrate contemporary art, this museum hosts tons of exhibitions each year. One thing I love about this museum is that whilst walking strolling the galleries, you also come across some of the best local talents. This factor definitely pushes young artists towards more motivation. 

Museum Of Science And Industry 

The Museum of Science and Industry in city plans to convince the younger ones and the elderly simultaneously. You can come across many exhibitions during your visit there and some even involve a simulated tornado. Similarly, you can also witness a simulated coal mine in the museum. Likewise to the Field Museum, the building of this Science snd Industry museum was also made for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. 

What Is The Most Visited Museum In Chicago?

The Art Institute of Chicago is undoubtedly one of the most visited museums in the city accompanied by the Field Museum. In 2019 the Art Institute ended the year with 1.6 million annual visitors. In contrast, the Field Museum recorded a number of 1.4 million visitors in the year. 

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How Many Major Museums Are There In Chicago?

There never has been debate over which museum in Chicago is major and which is a minor one. However, I was able to conduct a list of some of the most visited and famous ones. 

  • The Field Museum 
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Science and Industry 
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • The Oriental Institute Museum
  • Smart Museum of Art
  • Adler Planeterium
  • National Museum of Mexican Art

What Is The Oldest Museum In Chicago?

There are many museums in Chicago that date back to the start of 1900s. However, the Chicago Academy of Sciences on Clark at Armitage secures the top spot on being the oldest museum in Chicago. Its establishment dates back to 1857