Originally founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 20 permanent exhibitions covering 480,000 square feet. Guests come from all around the world to see towering dinos, marvel at ancient artifacts from a royal Egyptian tomb or relax in a Chinese rock garden hidden inside the Cyrus Tang Hall of China. While a gigantic titanosaur skeleton named Máximo now guards the lobby, you'll find the Field's former greeter, SUE the T. rex, residing in the “Evolving Planet” exhibit. There's something for everyone, and you can easily spend an entire day here.
Don't ask yourself if you should visit one of Chicago's many museums and cultural institutions—instead, let us help you figure out which one. Want to see one of the world's premiere collections of art? Time to visit the Art Institute. Love everything related to natural history and dino bones? Grab tickets to the Field Museum on Museum Campus. Whether you're an art lover, history buff, architecture nerd or just looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, the city's museums are some of the top Chicago attractions. And you don't have to spend a lot to learn and explore: check out the always-free permanent collections at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Smart Museum and other local institutions, or keep an eye out for upcoming free museum days in Chicago. Plan a day to explore the best museums in Chicago and get ready to learn a thing or two.
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