Chicago History Museum in Chicago, IL

1601 N. Clark StreetChicago, IL 60614
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Overview

Located near North Avenue Beach, The Second City and more, Chicago History Museum offers a fun and interactive attraction for families, groups and couples alike to learn about The Windy City’s rich history. Visitors can visit exciting exhibits like “Sensing Chicago”, which allows guests to ride a high-wheel bicycle, catch a fly ball at Comiskey Park, learn about Great Chicago Fire and more.

Good To Know

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  • Features a 22 million-piece collection of historical artifacts, documents, photographs, and more.
  • Admission includes an audio tour.
  • Children ages 12 and younger are free.
  • Museum parking is $9 with validation.

Description

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Located at the intersection of Clark Street & North Avenue in Lincoln Park, the Chicago History Museum has an impressive 22 million-piece collection of historical artifacts, documents, and photographs, as well as a world-renowned costume collection.

Admission includes access to all exhibitions in the Museum, including audio tours, and The Secret Lives of Objects, a special exhibition that features over 40 objects and artifacts that have emerged from the museum’s protected vaults, and offer hints of their mysterious pasts: they may be as decadent as diamonds, as revealing as crime evidence, or as perplexing as outdated modes of transportation.

The Kid’s Gallery exhibition, Sensing Chicago, enables young visitors to explore Chicago’s history through their five senses. The Museum’s newest exhibition, Lincoln’s Undying Words explores the powerful story of Abraham Lincoln’s transformation through five key speeches made between 1858 and 1865. Rare treasures, including Lincoln’s family carriage and the bed in which he died, are on display supplemented by an audio program of selected excerpts from the speeches.

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Mary Jo K
Chicago, Illinois
"Great Exhibit on Chicago Blues Showing until August 10"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2018 NEW
It is the end of April and it is still freezing out so time to head out eating and hitting some museums. My husband and I are both Blues Music fans and decided to stop here and see the exhibit. They did an exceptional job of telling the history of how blues came to Chicago, you get to hear some music and they have several interactive displays. The exhibit was put together from a series of photos taken by a local photographer who donated his collection to the museum. We also stopped in on the Race Exhibit which was also very interesting. I purchased a groupon which reduced admission by 50%. There is parking about a block away - in nice weather this lot will get full quickly
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nancy p
Portland, Oregon
"This is a GREAT museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2018 NEW
I happened upon this museum because I was in Lincoln park and I thought, why not check it out. Was I glad. It is a really terrific museum that explains all of Chicagos history from the beginning to modern day It is very nicely laid out, and so interesting. I probably spent two hours there, and had to leave before I got through it. Highly recommended.
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Ceejinator
Denver, Colorado
"Great for history buffs!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2018 NEW
Pretty great spot to learn about Chicago's history from the Democratic convention to the great fire to the race riots. You'll need at least 2.5 hours here and you'll be reading quite a lot. There's an introductory film that runs 25 minutes, but I skipped it since we were short on time. There's a really cool steam engine and an original L train car from the turn of the century. Very friendly staff and extra clean bathroom. Groupon had $6 tickets, so we saved 10 each!
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Susanne T
Seattle, Washington
"A Tribute to a Great City"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2018 NEW
The Chicago History Museum is by far the best museum in the city. When we visited there were lively chaperoned school groups who were engaged with what they saw, touched and heard from their teachers, teacher aides and museum volunteers. The exhibits ranged from an L Car that you can walk through to a 30 min. film entitled "The Great Chicago Adventure". Not pedantic nor overly scientific, the museum is devoted to looping Chicago's past to its present day.
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Getawaygalsd
Alexandria, Virginia
"A Great Museum to Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 15, 2018 NEW
This should be a visit by everyone who comes to Chicago. It provides an interactive view in to the many aspects of what gives Chicago its place in the world.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago History Museum

How much is parking?
Public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets; enter on Stockton Drive. The cost is $9 with Museum validation; Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the Chicago History Museum welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone.

Do you offer wheelchair rentals?
They do offer wheelchairs for your use free of charge; please inquire at the Ticket Desk. Supply is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Does my admission include an audio tour?
Yes, you can stop by the Visitor Center for iPods preloaded with our five tours, two of which are available in Spanish, as well as rotating selections for temporary exhibitions. To take the Museum’s tours home, purchase the Chicago History Museum app for your Apple or Android device. It’s only $1.99.

Is my child under 12 years old need an admission ticket?
Children 12 and younger are free.

Does the museum offer a place to eat?
They have the North and Clark Café which features a diverse menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, items from the grill and more.Enjoy all-day breakfast, an assortment of snacks and delicious Intelligentsia coffee and tea. The Café also has a kids’ menu.

Is there a gift shop?
Yes, in the Museum Store, you’ll find books, DVDs, children’s toys, and more—all relating to Chicago and its history.