Museums in Theater District

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Museums in Theater District

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  • eve99999
    Washington DC, DC5 contributions
    We joined a free tour leaving from the cultural center and had a blast! Alan, our guide, was exceptional. Super knowledgeable and kind, he showed us around the center and the Loop. We also went inside a few buildings and he spoke about the history, art, and architecture of the city. Would highly recommend. It’s great that it’s free and accessible to all!
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Lynn M
    Houston, TX2,505 contributions
    My husband and I spent two hours here and loved it. If you love to read, you should enjoy this. The museum is on the second floor (take note of the gorgeous elevator doors). It is all on one floor with different theme rooms. I took lots of photos of books, titles and author names I want to read. I focused on those I have not read or heard of versus those that I have read (Bradbury, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc.). I focused a lot on women authors and African American authors. I loved the interactive displays. I really loved that they had a lot of real books that you can pick up, open and get a flavor for the book. I wish we had this museum in our hometown as it could fit right in in any city in the U.S.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA1,297 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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  • Miriam S
    186 contributions
    The museum is small but worth a visit--and then repeated visits when the exhibit changes. The gift shop has some fun and unusual items for sale. Workers are friendly and helpful.
    Written 2 February 2019
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  • m3Chicago
    Chicago118 contributions
    This pop-up museum runs through Dec 20, 2015. Located on 2nd floor of Block 37. Free admission. Exhibit does a nice job explaining the history and process of sausage making. Interesting visuals, including a video that shows the process of making your own sausage. It's fun to see equipment for the home, learn about the manufacturing and revisit the history of biggies like Oscar Mayer. Not open Mondays and Tuesdays. 11am-6 or 7pm, depending on the day.
    Written 5 October 2015
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  • Kosofsky
    1 contribution
    My husband and I loved the museum--I took off one star because it was soooo dark I had a difficult time reading and seeing some of the exhibits. These eyes get older every day! That really is my only criticism. I knew that the medieval times were barbaric and cruel and torturous without any sort of due process for accused slights--religious or otherwise, BUT seeing displays and imagining the suffering was truly horrific!
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • Jeffery G
    Alexandria, VA351 contributions
    Wife and I visited here after hearing so many good things. The entrance fee was only $18 with the military discount. For two adults it was really fun, they had plenty visual and hands on exercises. You really get to laugh at yourself at several of the exhibits, and they had several puzzles that were very challenging also. We were only in there a little over an hour but it was worth it.
    Written 15 June 2022
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