Museums have often been thought of as something only for the cultrually minded or upper class citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth. Museums are for anyone and everyone from children to those skilled in a profession. Chicago offers a variety of museums to suit any interest and age group.
The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum became the first Planetarium in the western hemisphere when it opened in 1930. Among the exhibits at the Adler is a state of the art theater and various astronomical artifacts throughout history including one of the world’s oldest telescopes.
The Art Institute of Chicago has been entertaining visitors the world over for more than 100 years. Visitors to the Art Institute can see the world through 5,000 years of art from artists all over the globe.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation ArchiCenter is designed for visitors to explore Chicago from an architectural stand point. The ArchiCenter has a scale model of the city and invites its visitors to explore the architecture of the Windy City.
The Chicago Children’s Museum is designed with the younger set in mind. The museums offers hand’s on exhibits and activities that change daily designed to excite and interest children. The Children’s Center at Spertus Museum focuses on literacy and storytelling but not in the traditional fashion. The Children’s Center uses hands on activities like climbing and mazes to teach children the art of storytelling.
Despite the name Chicago Cultural Center this landmark home for the arts in Chicago offers a variety of artistic ventures in the visual, literary, and performing formats including the largest Tiffany stain-glassed dome.
The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of African Americans and those of African descent. For 45 years the DuSable Museum has used exhibits, concerts, and literary discussions to share its historical information.
The Field Museum takes visitors into the field of places in the planet. Exhibits include the most complete construction of a Teranasorus Rex dinosaur, a lava flow, and an Egyptian tomb. See man eating lions and walk with the dinosaurs. The Field Museum goes far beyond the name museum to entertain and educate visitors.
For the architectural enthusist there are the Frank Lloyd Wright house, his studio, and one of his homes – tHE Frederick C. Robie house.
For members of the medical profession or anyone who is interested in medical science there is the International Museum of Surgical Science. Housed in an anciet mansion the Surgical Museum displays eshibits that portray the history of surgery as we know it today.
The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art specializes in Chinese jade and and hardsone carvings. They also have exhibits of gemstones, dioramas, and earth science items.
The McCormcik Freedom Museum is dedicated to the First Amendment. Exhibits are about Freedom of Speech and its preservation.
The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art is an art museum in the more traditional sense except that the Museum of Art specializes in more modern and contemporary artists instead of the old masters.
The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the western hemisphere with 14 acres of exhibits designed to inspire creativity and imagaination. For over 70 years the museum has been inspriing minds with hands on exhibits. Visitors to the Museum of Science and Industry will also get to see the only building remaining from the 1893 World Exposition.
The Naper Settlement is an old historic village located on 14 acres of land outside the city of Chicago in the suburbs. The Settlement gives visitors an insight in life in early America.
The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to portraying the lives of Italian American who have distinguished themselves in the world of sports and society.
The Shedd Aquarium features some 22,000 aquatic animals from around the world.
The Spertus Museum/ Spertus Instute of Jewish Studies is dedicated to Jewish Culture and heritage.
And the Ukranian National Museum specializes in the cultrue of the Ukraine.
Chicago offers a variety of museums in a number of differnt areas. There is something to suit most any visitor to the windy city by the lake – Chicago.