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Museums in Chicago

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  • CultureVulture60657
    Chicago, IL8,410 contributions
    The Cezanne retrospective now at the Art Institute through early September is stupendous. The curators have gathered works from the AIC's own large holdings of Cezanne plus other museums across Europe and the U.S. for a comprehensive look at the life work this important late 19th Century painter. Cezanne revisited the same subjects time after time over the course of decades. To see several in one room is a rare opportunity. I also loved the video in which the curators dissected 3 paintings, even using infrared technology, to explain how, using color, Cezanne built up his images. It's a large show, about 130 works, plus notebooks and other items, so plan to spend a couple hours with it.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • Emily S
    7 contributions
    This whole visit was so engaging and fun! It ticked all my boxes for interesting attractions. Even the exhibit about modern airlines had me learning things. It's an easy trip to get there on the bus, so it's nice and accessible even though it's a bit far away from other touristy things. I especially loved the two-story section about weather and storm systems.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Darryl G
    Richmond, VA96 contributions
    This museum, which takes a full day to explore, has the best and largest exhibit of dinosaurs and other fossils I have ever seen! All of the exhibits, and there are many other topics covered, with the exception of the gem exhibit, are all large, and well displayed. But back to the dinosaurs and fossils, not only is the display large, but it is divided by geologic periods, with summaries of how the earth changed from one period to the next, and how those climate and geological changes affected life on earth, both giving rise to and the demise of, various types of both plants and animals, until the modern age. For my taste, this is the best museum in Chicago, and several others are also good.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • kkmckendree
    Battle Creek, MI154 contributions
    A nice stop that's free and you can wonder around and look at the beautiful architecture of this building. The pictures don't do it justice!
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • Jaime L
    5 contributions
    This museum is very well organized and maintained. From reception to end you can find staff that can answer your questions regarding the collections. Tiffany!!
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • Matt F
    89 contributions
    Love Chicago and loved this museum. Great exhibits, simply explained without leaving out detail. There is so much history it is almost impossible to take it all in during one day.
    But I seriously suggest you try!
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • Lindsay W
    Boston, MA4 contributions
    Absolutely loved the museum! I went on a Sunday morning and had the whole place to myself. Most of the museum is interactive and I spent about an hour there but there are plenty of spots to pick up a book and sit down and read if you wanted to extend your visit.
    Written 26 January 2022
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  • Lynn N
    Concord, MA11 contributions
    I would recommend this museum to all ages. The federal staff of all jobs and responsibilities volunteer for an informational talk in a meeting room. We had a gentleman who was up the corporate ladder who loved to talk. He was delightful and funny.

    The museum is small and the space is used wisely. Go see a million dollars. Or pick up free money (shredded) Get educated.
    Written 10 July 2020
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  • aculhane
    Cork, Ireland147 contributions
    Great visit and lots of information. Particular favourite is the solar system section!! The actual space craft that was used for testing is unique to see!! The experiences are worth a watch also.
    Written 7 January 2020
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  • pollyanywhere
    New York City, NY537 contributions
    Surprised how good this museum quality is!! It’s even free. I caught Frida’s photograph exhibit by accident. So fabulous!!
    Written 27 April 2022
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  • auntaugusta23
    Raleigh, N.C.29 contributions
    If you have any interest in history and archaeology, you should include this museum on your itinerary. The Assyrian collection is incredible. The hours are limited, but it's worth the effort to plan a visit.
    Written 17 August 2021
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  • Kelly Cathcart
    Valparaiso, IN1,134 contributions
    I have only been here for a work event. We did a team-building event. They took a kid's building area and made a really fun adult team building place. We were set up in teams and had to build a structure using items they have in the area. There was also food and drinks. It was a very unique and fun experience. we had time to look around the majority of the museum and it would be really fun for families to visit during the normal hours.
    Written 15 December 2021
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  • ransom007
    Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
    There are pay-to-park lots and garages in the area. The entrance to the museum is on the ground floor and that is where you pay your admission. The basic admission price is $14 with several discounts available. Their elevator will take you to the second floor which houses the museum and the gift shop. It is a good history of radio and television broadcasting with many exhibits including videos. There is also a hall of fame with many interesting local, national, and international broadcasting greats from many fields. It is a good way to spend a couple of hours (or more, if you want) if you are interested in the subject matter.
    Written 21 March 2020
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  • John M
    Raleigh, NC1,835 contributions
    We enjoyed our visit here even though it's set up more for children. We particularly loved the butterfly exhibit in The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. They release a bunch of new ones every day at 2:00 pm. Spectacular!
    Written 10 November 2021
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  • Bastian
    Copenhagen, Denmark111 contributions
    The museum is not very large compared to other contemporary art museums but it makes good use of the space. You can easily see all exhibitions in a couple of hours. There is a good mix of different artistic styles on display.
    Written 23 February 2020
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