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of their mysterious pasts: they may be as decadent as diamonds, as revealing as crime evidence, or as perplexing as outdated modes of transportation.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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aussiewanderers
Sydney, Australia
"Well presented exhibits and cheap parking (by Chicago standards at least)"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2018 NEW
The second floor exhibits are better than those on the first (ground) floor. Don't bother seeing the film - it is a lame & disjointed presentation of the city's history, very poorly constucted. If you park in the "Chicago History Carpark" inside the park to the north of the museum, get your carpark entry ticket validated by the museum & your rate will decline from $38 (some days $50) to just $9. The museum cafe has reasonably priced good quality food. The gift shop has a good range of books about city history and not much else of any worth. Allocate 2hrd for a cursory look, 4hrs for a detailed look.
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xscratchx
Las Vegas, Nevada
"Good for an hour or three."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2018 NEW
Bought a pass on Groupon, and spent several hours enjoying ourselves. Excellent exhibits if you like Chicago's history. The staff was very friendly.
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Mona M
Mendota, Illinois
"So interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2018 NEW
If you want to know about Chicago, this is the place to see. I Loved all of the art and historical items. We left the Zoo and headed right to the History Museum. We should have spent more time there. We will next trip! Really Cool!!
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Shap1975
Dennis, Massachusetts
"Affordable admission"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2018 NEW
Local and some National displays. Map on the main hall floor was great. Was hoping for an adult film on summary of the history of the city. The film shown was great for kids and school field trips. Nearby parking lot was a bargain with stamp from the museum.
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Tim P
"Great current exhibits"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 27, 2018 NEW
Must see current exhibits Chicago Blues musician and ML King. Cool dioramas portray Chicago pre and post great fire. Very nice Abraham Lincoln exhibit. Chicago gangsters and more.
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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.