Speciality Museums in Chicago

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Speciality Museums in Chicago

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jocelyn G
    Cedar Falls, IA8 contributions
    I recently participated in a walking tour of the South Prairie Avenue Historic District which included the Glessner House, and our tour guide, William Tyre, was incredible. Our group of 21 people remained captivated throughout our time. The stories he shared made the area come to life, and the facts and figures were mind-boggling. William was wonderful to work with as my group had a time limit. He was accomodating and gracious, a perfect host.
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • Porsche S
    2 contributions
    Definitely should come down on the price point, maybe 10-15 worth of exhibits to really see. Kinda bored but made the most of the money spent
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, TX3,760 contributions
    I don’t think this is a Museum and Worth going out of your way to see, and there isn’t really very much to see, I think that you’d be hard-pressed to spend an hour here. Nonetheless, I enjoyed our visit. Some pieces that made you think …
    Written 25 July 2021
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  • Happygoluckyang
    Lansing, MI184 contributions
    This museum was great! Several floors full of paintings, statues, surgical instruments and facts about the first surgeons. Very interesting and well done. The woman at the front desk was delightful. It was a little pricey but worth it!
    Written 24 February 2022
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA1,238 contributions
    This museum is devoted to the history of the Chicago River and its raised bridges. It’s located in one of the bridge towers and includes a view of the gears and ingenious counterweight system that allow the bridge to operate. There are tiny galleries on each level with panels about the bridge, the terraforming of the river, how it became polluted and then cleaned over time. There’s more than I expected and it is free on Sundays. One star deducted for a climate change panel that notes how Chicago - where snow in April is common - will suffer from higher average temperatures that will lead to more hot summer days. Anyone trying to convince me that warmer Chicago weather would be a bad thing is pushing an agenda, not providing information.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • adrianna24sings
    Traverse City, MI425 contributions
    Andersonville is a delightful neighborhood in north Chicago with a strong Swedish heritage. I've been to Chicago many a times but never to this specific neighborhood. While checking out the cafes, shops, and restaurants I learned of the Swedish American Museum. They were due to close within 30 minutes and the warm hearted woman in the gift shop told me she wouldn't charge me admission since there was so little time left to explore the museum. There was so much to see and all of it was very interesting. The exhibits really reflect Sweden, past, present, and future and I observed some beautiful items inside the museum. What a treat to spend time here and meet some great staff members. Don't miss out on this unique museum and be certain to spend extra time in the gift shop. There are lots of Swedish treasures inside. I especially like the Swedish food.
    Written 2 March 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,535 contributions
    My wife and I have browsed the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago on previous occasions. But after seeing the display of the Thorne collection at the Phoenix Art Museum during our recent two-week vacation in Arizona, we decided to make another visit to larger Thorne collection in Chicago. It is an exhibit unlike any other, a child's dream. Thorne Miniature Rooms are a set of about 100 miniature models of rooms created between 1932 and 1940 under the direction of Narcissa Niblack Thorne, who was born in 1882 in Vincennes, Indiana. As a child, she began to collect miniature furniture and household accessories. Her uncle, a U.S. Navy vice admiral, sent her many antique dollhouse miniatures from around the world. When she was 19, she married Montgomery Ward department store heir James Ward Thorne, whose fortune helped to finance her hobby. Ninety-nine of the rooms are still believed to be in existence. The majority of them, a total of 68, are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 111 South Michigan Avenue. We saw 20 of them at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Art Institute's rooms document European and American interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and the 17th century to the 1930s, respectively. Constructed on a 1:12 scale, the rooms are largely made of the same materials as full-sized rooms and some even include original works of art, including paintings and sculpture, silver bowls and crystal chandeliers. They are among the most popular attractions at the Art Institute with an authentic appearance and attention to detail that boggles the mind.
    Written 20 November 2019
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  • JoEllenChannon
    Wauconda, IL16 contributions
    When you speak to the staff, they are friendly and full of helpful information. They helped me translate some notes from my great grandmother’s photos and I couldn’t be more thankful! The Paderewski room was my favorite - very well done and informative. The collection is interesting and the gift shop is great.
    Written 16 September 2019
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