History Museums in Chicago

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History Museums in Chicago

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  • Matt F
    83 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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  • 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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  • Leonard K
    Washington DC, DC307 contributions
    While the Du Sable Museum is no substitute for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History in DC., it is still an excellent introduction to/review of the history and struggles of African Americans. We took in the Virtual Reality visit to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Equality, the "Equiano" exhibit (a recreation of some African's Origin Story...before their abduction and internment on foreign plantations...), the African Art and Artifacts Exhibit, as well as the Mayor Harold Washington Exhibit. For people of my generation, these brought back memories...but also enlightened me to things/events I never knew.
    Since much of this history is painful to take in, it also celebrates many of the hard-won victories.
    Enjoy (and Learn!...)
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Mark L
    21 contributions
    Features single exhibits rather than museum approach
    Exhibit “Drawn To War” a comprehensive review of the career of famed WW 2 and later political cartoonist Bill Maudlin

    Good displays in pleasant bright airy space overlooking Michigan Ave and Grant Park

    In a stunning architectural gem, take time to check out lobby especially ceiling
    Written 30 June 2021
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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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  • naptown69
    Needham, MA16 contributions
    Fascinating history in a compact presentation. More reading than seeing but worthy of your support. Much more to her story than I knew.
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • delphine p
    1 contribution
    We were extremely lucky to get a private showing of the house during this past Christmas holiday, since it was closed to the public at the time. Our docent, Grace Brummel Faoro, was a joy to listen to. She is so knowledgeable about Chicago's architecture as a whole and an expert on Louis Sullivan's in particular. In addition to explaining what made this house one of the first "modern" houses as we know them, she knew how to pepper her lecture with interesting stories and anecdotes about the family itself. I recommend this tour to any visitor who loves architecture and chicago history.
    Written 10 January 2022
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  • kmz88
    Chicago, IL362 contributions
    It's a small but nice museum. The people who run it are very friendly. They are eager to tell you about the culture and history of Ukraine, which is very nice. The museum is free. They do take donations. You will see and learn a lot about Ukraine. The egg collection is beautiful!
    Written 12 September 2021
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  • SteveAntpitta
    New York City, NY95 contributions
    We went during one of the scheduled tours of the house. The tour guide was not available, but there was a limited number of audio tour devices.Latecomers could view the house's exhibits without the benefit of the audio, or wait for one to be returned. The story of the house, and the development of Chicago, is very interesting. It had been moved twice, and is now near where it was originally. The furnishings and decor are mostly not original, but are of the period.The grounds around the house are also lovely, with an interesting sculpture by Louise Bourgeois in the garden. The house is well worth a visit.
    Written 14 August 2019
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  • Venegeo
    Itasca, IL20 contributions
    Small, but very interesting collection of artifacts and displays relating to maritime history in the Great Lakes. An enjoyable few hours.
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • Michael W
    Chicago, IL3 contributions
    The National Cambodian Heritage Museum in Chicago is a very good place to learn about one of recent history's terrible chapters, the period when Cambodia was ruled by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970's. A visitor can also learn a positive story, how the Cambodian people have rebuilt their culture that the Khmer Rouge tried to erase.
    Written 11 October 2019
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  • ericzieg
    Chicago, IL10 contributions
    Read/Write Library features one-of-a-kind self-published books and materials -- a kind of underground history of Chicago. Also worth checking on events and classes there.
    Written 12 November 2019
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  • robby-d
    Edinburgh, IN206 contributions
    The Freedom Museum is no longer at the Tribune Tower. Back around 2009 or so, it moved out. It is now a road show with its home base at the Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. Both the Cantigny Park and the Freedom "Bus" are funded by the Tribune Foundation. I believe that the bus is available for schools, etc and will travel to wherever a group is located. I could be wrong so call the Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL to get more info. I'm sure that they will stear you in the right direction. It gives a synopsis of some of the basic freedoms we enjoy by way of our Constitution.
    Written 22 January 2012
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  • gemmap81
    Liverpool, UK129 contributions
    For $10 it’s great for a hour or 2 visit. All the big Chicago teams represented in the museum. Full of memorabilia and stories of famous players/games etc. Also very interactive, great fun for adults and kids.
    Written 25 January 2020
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