Chicago is home to some of the best museums in the world. We’ve got a world-class art museum, an informative planetarium, an aquarium where you can get up close to marine life, and much more.
No visit to Chicago is complete without visiting at least one of our great museums, many of which are located on the Museum Campus, a complex at the south end of the city along the Lakefront.
Free Museum Days
Though all of the Chicago museums charge a fee, they all also offer multiple free days throughout the year. Check out the full list of 2010 free days at museums around the city here.
Discounted Admission with the Chicago City Pass or Go Chicago Card
If you visit doesn’t happen to fall on one of the museum’s free days, you can still receive discounted admission with a Chicago City Pass or Go Chicago Card. Compare discount city passes here to determine which one is right for you. More Chicago Attraction Deals.
The Art Institute
The Art Institute is one of the best art museums in the country, and the new modern wing is considered to be one of the best in the world.
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The Field Museum
The Field Museum showcases exhibits from the natural world, like the towering Sue, the world’s most-complete and largest T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.
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The Museum of Science and Industry
Lovers of technology (both old and new) will appreciate the Museum of Science and Industry, which traces human invention through history.
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The Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd is one of the best and largest aquariums in the world. Home to over 32,000 marine animals, it is a living museum that educates as well as entertains with interactive exhibits and demonstrations.
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The Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium is a must for any amateur astronomers. Exhibits explain the inner-workings of the galaxy and movies showcase the beauty of the universe.
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