Museums

Your guide to the best Chicago museums, exhibitions and shows

"Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti"

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

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"David Bowie Is"

Gaze at 400 costumes, photographs, videos and other rare ephemera

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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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"Numbers in Nature"

The MSI's new miror maze teaches attendees about the Golden Ratio, the Fibonacci sequence and more

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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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Top art exhibits in Chicago

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“Faith, Focus, Flight: A John H. White Retrospective”

The work of legendary Chicago photographer John H. White gets the in–depth exhibit it deserves. Displayed are pictures of the ordinary and the iconic, each...

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"Found: P.S. Page Me Later"

A new exhibition assembled by This American Life reporter Davy Rothbart examines forgotten photographs, notes and audio recordings that have been unearthed...

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"David Bowie Is"

Awesome. The coolest. A god. That's our answer to what David Bowie Is. This feverishly awaited collection, culled by the Victoria and Albert Museum in...

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"Chicagoisms"

The Art Institute's latest exhibit explores Chicago's rich architectural history, enlisting contemporary architects and designers to create installations...

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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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