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Chicago History Museum, Chicago

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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. Plan to see Chicago History Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Chicago trip itinerary maker.
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  • I came here after a nearby coffeehouse closed for the day. I walked into a treasure chest, a Chicago time machine! The displays were interesting and interactive and I left feeling like I really knew t...  read more »
  • We did this museum on our second full day in Chicago. It was a great introduction to the city and its history. I believe we spent about 2 hours, and we didn't "study" every exhibit. 
  • There were nice diagrams and exhibits with very well done dioramas. Each one has interesting facts to explain about the origins of Chicago 
  • Fantastic museum worth paying for, as a tourist it was interesting to read about the colourful history of Chicago, from the prehistoric times until its 20th century achievements. They don't hold back on their dark past, which makes it even more interesting than other historical museums. At the time of my visit, they had a special exhibition for President Lincoln's famous speeches, so their focus is not only on Chicago. They have free mandatory luggage check, and you can revisit the place within the same day.
  • Very nice. A touch of history made a weekend trip to chi town a little more informative. Great for the whole family. Give yourself a few hours to explore and learn before heading out into the historical town.
  • I think this was the most I've learned about Chicago in my two and a half years living in Chicago. Not a big museum, but fairly educational and a good way to spend a few hours in Chicago indoors. Some of the exhibits are rather old but informative. I enjoyed the more interactive exhibits (like getting to experience an old "L" train) and there were whole sections that dealt with the world's fair and Chicago's crime history. The museum on a whole seemed well-kept, clean, and quite beautiful.
  • Unfortunately some of the staff was a little rude. My brother and I were stopped and told that we could not have a backpack. The backpack was my 2 month ago niece's diaper bag which is in the form of a backpack for easier for transport in the city. Regular diaper bags are okay but for some reason backpack diaper bags are not. I'm more upset with the way we were spoke to about the issue then the actually issue itself.
  • Very good museum about the history of the city. The displays are well done, particularly the series of still diaporama covering the foundation of Chicago up to the fire. The exhibition People of Chicago is worth the ticket on its own.
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