Speciality Museums in Chicago

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Speciality Museums in Chicago

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  • James D
    1 contribution
    Tour was the Art Deco Landmark Lobbies, guided by Betsy, I believe. She showed us four lobbies and also explained the exterior features of Art Deco buildings. So beautiful!
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • Orville C
    1 contribution
    This is absolutely the best. You will love it!!! Some exhibits will put chills down your spine. For real. You will definity have a spine chilling good time.
    Written 10 February 2024
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  • Wanda H
    Mascoutah, IL271 contributions
    The house was really great. And they had some original (and some not original, but of the right period) furnishings and decorations. Our docent was very knowledgeable and gave a comprehensive tour. My one complaint would be that there were parts of the house not available for viewing. That's always a bummer for me...
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Alan A
    2 contributions
    What a fantastic tribute to this topic. Really well done and informative. Great balance of historical, contemporary, and experiential.
    Written 18 February 2024
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  • KylieS
    Downers Grove, IL102 contributions
    A hidden gem on the campus of the University of Chicago, this museum is incredible. The collection includes artifacts from Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, and Egypt. Descriptions and the history of each artifact are clear and easy to read. The exhibits are well presented. It is also FREE! Definitely going back this summer.
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • JaninePor
    Boston, MA64 contributions
    Loved it! The money museum is not advertised. You need to enter the Federal Reserve building. The guard in charge of the museum was very helpful and informative and nice. In the museum itself there is much to learn and see. A million dollars in ones, twenties and hundreds. There are several military displays that show the money used during war time. You need to go if you have an interest in money. As a side note the washrooms in the museum are clean.
    Written 4 September 2023
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  • Sconnie75
    St. Petersburg, FL9 contributions
    We got City Pass and picked the Adler as one of our destinations. Make SURE to pick what you want to see BEFORE you get to the museum. When we arrived, the last shows had sold out about a half hour before. Still enjoyed our visit. The view of the city at night from the planetarium is fantastic.
    Written 11 January 2024
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  • Cruiser45009367761
    4 contributions
    Looking to fill an extra hour of time in Chicago, among a variety of "small" museums in downtown Chicago, this one is a ton of fun with minimal time. We went on a Saturday afternoon & while there were plenty of people there, it never felt crowded & everyone was friendly about taking turns with the very, very interactive exhibits. Definitely come prepared to use you phone for photos.... a lot. Thankfully there's a bunch of really helpful staff on hand to help you strike the best poses & to take pics for you. You'll go through within about an hour & come out smiling!
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, UK1,339 contributions
    As we queued up outside in preparation for opening amongst the many Mums with their toddlers and pre school children we were a bit concerned that there wouldn’t be anything of value for us to see. But on entering this small but informative nature centre we were pleasantly surprised.
    Wandering around the exhibits we learnt a great deal and particularly enjoyed the Without a Trace photographs and could have sat and watched the Mike McDonald photography sequence over and over again, it was just stunning!
    We loved the butterfly garden, took loads of photos and enjoyed this moment of calm.
    Written 18 June 2023
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  • Wanda H
    Mascoutah, IL271 contributions
    This house was AWESOME along with the furniture and decorations! Different than a normal house from the same period. Such a jewel to still have and be able to view! The docent we had wasn't the greatest for our interest (more about the house and family and less about other people). The difficult part of this tour is that some carpets are not supposed to be walked on, and some rooms are not to be entered. But there is no roping off of these places. Just the docent correcting you very sternly as you happen to venture onto or into one of these places. It would be SO easy for them to mark these areas, leaving less room for misunderstanding.
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Bill B
    Bel Air, MD8,171 contributions
    The Bridgehouse Museum is located in one of four classic structures that "guard" each end of the bridge on Michican Avenue as it crosses the Chicago River. Each structure is decorated with sculpture. Their height is deceptive at street level because Wacker Drive is elevated. The "house" on the east side of Wacker and Michigan contains the river museum that is entered at the lower level along the river. Unfortunately, it was closed today in preparation for upcoming Halloween festivities, but one was still able to enjoy the impressive structures. In fact, the evening before, they stood out even more sharply with all the night lighting along the river and streets.
    Written 20 October 2023
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  • PickyTraveler02
    delaware33 contributions
    Fun, interactive exhibits where you learn something about human behavior and likely things about your own. Free and enlightening. Bright and friendly space. On MI Ave- across from Art Institute. Would be fun with a partner or friend group- gave us much to talk about. If there's time and you're inclined- you can participate in short research studies. We'll go back.
    Written 15 December 2023
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  • Mama Bear Travels
    10 contributions
    My daughter’s 15th birthday present was a trip to Chicago. I saw Color Factory Chicago on TikTok while searching for fun things to do and she definitely wanted to visit. Our group of 2 adults and 4 teens (18, 17, 15, 14) booked our tickets for an early slot on Saturday morning and I loved that it did not feel busy at all. We were able to spend as much time as we wanted in each room and all of the workers we interacted with were pleasant. The snacks were a big hit with all of the kiddos and the photo scan cards throughout were a nice touch. We spent the most time in the confetti, balloon and ball pit rooms. We found confetti all day long! 😂 We had a great time, but for a less than two hour visit it’s definitely on the pricey side.
    Written 27 November 2023
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  • vwfanforever
    Yorkton, Canada294 contributions
    Took in the museum as a huge Jordan fan I got to see a lot of items. It's disappointing to know this is the only place to really see tributes to the legend. Thankfully harry bought some of the merch. Highly recommend to eat the food and get free admittance.
    Written 15 July 2023
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  • Tawnee C
    Rockford, IL11 contributions
    This is a charming and quirky little museum just south of Lincoln Park. It's not very big, but the admission price is very affordable. If you have any interest in health sciences or medicine, this is a must see. I most enjoyed the different skulls in the cabinet of curiosities, but the jars of gallstones and kidney stones was also quite something to behold. Definitely recommend. You will come away having learned quite a bit about the history of medicine and the surgical sciences.
    Written 30 May 2023
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