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of their mysterious pasts: they may be as decadent as diamonds, as revealing as crime evidence, or as perplexing as outdated modes of transportation.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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Scott W
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
"Crossroads of America"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
Could not see everything in the four hours I was there. Really enjoyed the Race Exhibit. The Crossroads Exhibit was very informative. Free admission for military. Free coat check. Nice cafe on premises.
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Yaritza A
"Nice "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2018 NEW
Is it a big museum and may exhibition to see. You need at least 5 hours. We like it. The prices are good.
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kas1002
West Chester, Ohio
"Not overwhelming!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 04, 2018 NEW
This museum is small enough to see all of the attractions yet there is plenty to see. There are many exhibits to see that are so helpful in exploring Chicago's heritage. There's a large train which is very interesting and a small cafe if you don't want to leave for lunch. There are also some small colorful restaurants nearby and the zoo is within walking distance.
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rockyjoe
Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Interesting History Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 31, 2018 NEW
The Chicago History Museum is located on the southwest corner of Lincoln Park. It is also located on the corner of North Clark Street and West North Avenue about 2 miles north of downtown Chicago. I took the elevated train from the Loop to the Sedgwick station which is only a few blocks west of the museum. An adult ticket costs $16 and this attraction is open seven days a week until about 5 PM (later on Tuesdays and limited hours on Sundays). I toured this museum with my wife on a Saturday afternoon in mid-November and generally enjoyed it. It has lots of interesting and old Chicago artifacts including an old train engine and an old Chicago street car that you can walk through. They also have the table where Robert E Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia. This table was one of the “Secret Lives of Objects” exhibits which was really cool (the best part of the museum). This exhibit has two big galleries with tons of interesting and unusual items. One of the coolest artifacts was one of the actual pistols used in the 1850’s attack on Harpers Ferry. Overall I enjoyed this interesting history museum and recommend it. While I thought this museum was interesting it is not one of Chicago’s main attractions. I would not go here on a first visit to Chicago (we finally went there on our third trip in two years.)
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marion f
New York City, New York
"Fascinating view of Chicago"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 29, 2018 NEW
I was able to visit during the exhibition on Race and found it enormously informative. The exhibit is on until April 2018 and it a MUST if you can. The rest of the museum was also interesting, with exhibits on sports teams and the cities role in the stockyards and the railroad
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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.