Museums

Your guide to the best Chicago museums, exhibitions and shows

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The 12 best free art museums and galleries

You don't have to spend a fortune on tickets to see amazing art in Chicago

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"Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti"

The traveling exhibit attempts to explain the realities of the ancient spiritual tradition

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Free museum days

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a fortune in order to visit the city's best museums

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10 best Chicago museums

If you have a day off in Chicago, spending it at a museum is a no-duh

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The Field Museum announces a new exhibit

The Cyrus Tang Hall of China will showcase more than 350 pieces from the museum's collection

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The best Chicago art museums

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Art Institute of Chicago

Flanked by iconic bronze lions, this encyclopedic institution owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world

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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art

Situated on the Northwestern University campus, this museum’s permanent collection boasts 4,000-plus works

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DePaul Art Museum

Hop off the Red or Brown Line at Fullerton and take in an eclectic exhibit at the DePaul Art Museum

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Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA houses one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation and frequently hosts major touring exhibits

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Museum of Contemporary Photography

See a brilliant mix of archival and new photos at Columbia College's picture-perfect museum

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Smart Museum of Art

The University of Chicago's fine art museum hosts a mixture of contemporary pieces and antiquities from its collection

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See Chicago's best contemporary art galleries

Top art exhibits in Chicago

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"Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters"

Commercial photographer Sandro Miller teams with actor John Malkovich to pay tribute to a series of seminal photographs. Malkovich takes on the role of the...

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"Derek Hess: Greatest Hits"

Cleveland-based gig poster artist Derek Hess returns to Rotofugi with a new exhibition of music-themed works entitled "Greatest Hits". Though he has designed...

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"Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies"

Presenting 44 works of art from the Kashmir valley, this exhibition of Buddhist art from Kashmir examines how works created between 7th and the 13th...

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"Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination"

Born in Chicago in 1948, Gregory Warmack spent his free time in his early years making jewelry, decorative objects and other small works from found objects....

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The best science and history museums in Chicago

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Adler Planetarium

Take a virtual-reality trip through time and space or enjoy the stars at this lakefront planetarium

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The Field Museum

This massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 30 permanent exhibitions covering 300,000 square feet

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Chicago History Museum

Cull through thousands of archived photographs and curi and take in several permanent and temporary exhibits

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Shedd Aquarium

This 75-year-old institution houses enduring favorites such as piranhas, frogs and snakes of the Amazon

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Museum of Science and Industry

If you’re into exhibits loaded with interactive bells and whistles, this expansive Hyde Park locale is your ticket

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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

From prairie and river ecosystems to the biology of Ice Age–mammals, the focus at this Lincoln Park museum is vast and varied

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