Museums in Chicago

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Museums in Chicago

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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, MN1,169 contributions
    This museum has a little bit of everything for everyone. And it is large enough for you to dedicate a full day if you want. But you could also do a highlight tour within a couple of hours if you were so inclined. Really, this is a great museum, and you’re sure to find something of interest in the museum. You’re likely going to the museum regardless of this review if you’re visiting Chicago, but here’s one more review saying you should go
    Written 25 November 2022
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  • FRED H
    1 contribution
    The Submarine U505 and the coal mine are great and there is much more of interest at the museum. You need a whole day to see it all. The exhibits were for the most part in good condition and working.
    Written 13 November 2022
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  • Randall
    West Des Moines, IA34 contributions
    Went here as we had city pass. It was pretty neat seeing everything this museum had. I remember the t rex and I love how the museum is near the lake. Great for kids. To me it’s a one and done.
    Written 24 November 2022
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  • FAY E
    108 contributions
    This building must be priceless given the architecture, marble, dimensions, etc. Really awesome to visit and photograph.
    Written 8 November 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    The fabled Castle, the one-time home of Potter and Honore Palmer on North Lake Shore Drive, is long gone. So are many of Prairie Avenue's historic mansions. But the Richard H. Driehaus Museum still is open to the public, a classic reminder of America's Gilded Age, Located at 40 East Erie Street, at Wabash, near the Magnificent Mile, on Chicago's Near North Side, it is housed within the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House, the 1883 residence of a wealthy Chicago banker. The museum, replete with marble, onyx, carved exotic and domestic woods, glazed tiles and stained glass, does not re-create the Nickerson mansion but rather broadly interprets and displays the prevailing design, architecture and decorating tastes of the Gilded Age. On display are original furnishings from the Nickerson era along with American and European decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including a number of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum is named after its founder, Richard H. Driehaus, a Chicago businessman, philanthropist and art collector. At the time of its completion in 1883, the mansion was reportedly the most expensive and elaborate private residence in Chicago, having cost $450,000. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and designated a Chicago Historic Landmark in 1977. It was opened to the public in 2008. In addition to the Tiffany works, the Driehaus collection includes over 1,500 objects, including furniture, vases and Favrile glass.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • NapierAro
    napier485 contributions
    This well set our museum tells the fascinating story of this great city. It follows the development in a chronological order and there's more than enough to hold any viewer's attention. Also interesting exhibits on "rights" along with Martin Luther King.
    Really nice staff, spotless toilets and a pretty reasonable cafe.
    Written 1 November 2022
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  • mdboy2
    Maryland1,047 contributions
    Great interactive museum. Good for a couple hours if you're a reader. The list of writers and their presentation is very well done.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Lynn N
    Concord, MA11 contributions
    I would recommend this museum to all ages. The federal staff of all jobs and responsibilities volunteer for an informational talk in a meeting room. We had a gentleman who was up the corporate ladder who loved to talk. He was delightful and funny.

    The museum is small and the space is used wisely. Go see a million dollars. Or pick up free money (shredded) Get educated.
    Written 10 July 2020
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  • Ellen B
    Bear, DE374 contributions
    We saw The Ninth Plant and Destination Solar System while we were there. Plant Nine was pretty interesting, but “Destination” was a little too silly in parts
    The Light Pollution and Jim Lovell exhibit were both very interesting, as was the solar system display. Worth the stop. It is probably a half day. With the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum on the same campus you can easy do 2 stops in one day
    Written 28 October 2022
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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, MN1,169 contributions
    Highly recommended. Our only caveat is that there was quite a bit of love (like a lot) for Frieda here. That probably matches the love she has around the world, but it does mean that space is used in the museum that could have also been used for other pieces/artists. It’s a small thing though, and you should absolutely make this museum a stop. We loved the social commentary that came with a lot of the artwork.
    Written 25 November 2022
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  • NapierAro
    napier485 contributions
    This small museum far exceeded my expectations. Had to admit that I found the term "Oriental" a little confusing, as the numerous items on display were mostly from the Middle East and Egypt, with a smaller display of Roman statues.

    The items were all stunningly displayed with good captions. There were only six other visitors there so it made me feel very select.

    This was a real highlight of my visit to this city, and was only a five minute walk from the famous Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House.
    Written 4 November 2022
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  • Kelly Cathcart
    Valparaiso, IN1,159 contributions
    I have only been here for a work event. We did a team-building event. They took a kid's building area and made a really fun adult team building place. We were set up in teams and had to build a structure using items they have in the area. There was also food and drinks. It was a very unique and fun experience. we had time to look around the majority of the museum and it would be really fun for families to visit during the normal hours.
    Written 15 December 2021
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  • Carol
    7 contributions
    Cliff knew SO much! The museum was small but interesting. Got through it in about an hour. Well worth the stop. Hopefully the museum will put in more exhibits. Wish there would have been more about Harpo Studios!
    Written 15 October 2022
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  • Linds
    Green Bay, WI21 contributions
    So refreshing to interact with such welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable volunteers and staff members. Everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy answering our questions and showing us the exhibits. Beautiful butterflies, awesome turtles, and more! Great for the whole family
    Written 6 November 2022
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  • Bastian
    Copenhagen, Denmark115 contributions
    The museum is not very large compared to other contemporary art museums but it makes good use of the space. You can easily see all exhibitions in a couple of hours. There is a good mix of different artistic styles on display.
    Written 23 February 2020
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