Museums in Central

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Museums in Central

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  • Monti L
    2 contributions
    You could get lost seeing all of the wonderful works of Art! this is a must while visiting in Chicago!
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Mark C
    Westfield, IN27 contributions
    This is one of my son's favorite museums and I had never been. It is spotless, easy to navigate and not overly crowded. Food in the cafe is great and the exhibits are top notch.
    Written 20 June 2022
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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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  • Jan M
    Mount Dora, FL71 contributions
    This is a meticulously renovated museum that showcases the architecture and decor of a wealthy Golden Age "merchant prince." The sumptuous furnishings are a treat to the eyes, and many were made expressly for the rooms where they are now. It's amazing they were able to save them for over a century. There are opulent Tiffany lamps, stained glass windows, centerpieces, vases, mantle surrounds and more. The walls, fireplaces and parquet flooring is different in every room. Really a gem.
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bastian
    Copenhagen, Denmark112 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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  • 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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  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, TX3,770 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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  • 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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  • Happygoluckyang
    Lansing, MI188 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, VA1,297 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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