Speciality Museums in Chicago

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Speciality Museums in Chicago

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  • Andrea W
    Chicago, IL11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the Sheffield Historic District tour. Beautiful historical homes and incredibly well versed guide. Highly recommended!
    Written 24 June 2024
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  • Donald L
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very awesome the sets are great gory and informative. The ghost tour is really cool you can record and snap a pic so all in all great.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Jennifer T
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful home! They take the time to answer questions. The exhibits are very well done. I learned a lot about what life was like for wealthy families during the Gilded Age, which helped me better understand Chicago's history.
    Written 1 June 2024
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  • Anuja V
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This little museum is such a worthwhile stop if you are visiting Chicago! Staff are so friendly and enthusiastic, tickets are reasonably priced, and there is a lot to see, do, and learn. There’s a great kid lit room that’s perfect for kids who might just want a quiet space to read/chill. Lots of interactive exhibits to check out. Kids especially liked the typewriters and the digital mad libs. Free bookmarks for everyone was a nice touch!
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Member24
    Berkeley, CA22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This small museum flies somewhat under the radar, but it has a world-famous collection. It's on the University of Chicago campus just across the street from Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. In the first half of the 20th century the University's Oriental Institute, funded by John D Rockefeller, led excavations in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Palestine and Egypt and brought home treasures including important neolithic and bronze age artifacts and some truly monumental sculptures from Assyria, Babylon and Persepolis. The collection is housed in a beautiful art deco building (thanks again to John D) and is very well displayed and interpreted. A short (1.5 hour) visit and extremely worthwhile.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • Miguel Gómez
    Monterrey, Mexico13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a very interesting place, you will probably learn new things about America’s currency, the american dollar. I learned too many things, and the interactive games helps you to understand it a little bit more easy and friendly. To enter to this museum you need to pass through a security inspection, just like if you were in the airport, I don’t know if it was part of the experience but that called my attention. Oh, and you have to be at least 18 to enter. I recommend you to check this museum out.
    Written 24 June 2024
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  • Eric
    Los Angeles, CA14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun experience. There are two planetarium style theaters. Shows were pretty standard. Exhibits in the rest of the museum are interactive and informative.
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Dolla K
    Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We all loved. Its so much fun for all ages. And the staff are very nice, helpful and respectful . They took all our pics for us!
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at 2430 North Cannon Drive, at the corner of Cannon and Fullerton Avenue, is one of several historical and educational attractions that make Lincoln Park one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago. Opened in 1999, it focuses on the natural history of the Chicago region. Operated by the Chicago Academy of Sciences, the museum traces its history to the founding collection of the academy in 1857. The first of what eventually has become 11 Chicago museum-in-the-parks, the current facility was built on the southeastern banks of the North Pond with the financial support of benefactor Peggy Notebaert. Today, the museum is known for its live butterfly house, called Butterfly Haven. Other long-term habitat exhibitions and botanic recreations around the building include City Science House, Water Lab and Wilderness Walk. Also displays about the ecological history of the Illinois region. The butterfly house features more than 200 species of native and exotic butterflies. The museum is conducting an ongoing scientific effort to study, care and breed native butterflies for species population support in the Chicago area.
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • Wanda H
    Mascoutah, IL286 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This house was AWESOME along with the furniture and decorations! Different than a normal house from the same period. Such a jewel to still have and be able to view! The docent we had wasn't the greatest for our interest (more about the house and family and less about other people). The difficult part of this tour is that some carpets are not supposed to be walked on, and some rooms are not to be entered. But there is no roping off of these places. Just the docent correcting you very sternly as you happen to venture onto or into one of these places. It would be SO easy for them to mark these areas, leaving less room for misunderstanding.
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • vwfanforever
    Yorkton, Canada294 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Took in the museum as a huge Jordan fan I got to see a lot of items. It's disappointing to know this is the only place to really see tributes to the legend. Thankfully harry bought some of the merch. Highly recommend to eat the food and get free admittance.
    Written 15 July 2023
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  • Bill B
    Bel Air, MD8,253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Bridgehouse Museum is located in one of four classic structures that "guard" each end of the bridge on Michican Avenue as it crosses the Chicago River. Each structure is decorated with sculpture. Their height is deceptive at street level because Wacker Drive is elevated. The "house" on the east side of Wacker and Michigan contains the river museum that is entered at the lower level along the river. Unfortunately, it was closed today in preparation for upcoming Halloween festivities, but one was still able to enjoy the impressive structures. In fact, the evening before, they stood out even more sharply with all the night lighting along the river and streets.
    Written 20 October 2023
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  • PickyTraveler02
    delaware33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, interactive exhibits where you learn something about human behavior and likely things about your own. Free and enlightening. Bright and friendly space. On MI Ave- across from Art Institute. Would be fun with a partner or friend group- gave us much to talk about. If there's time and you're inclined- you can participate in short research studies. We'll go back.
    Written 15 December 2023
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  • Linda C
    Rolling Prairie, IN4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our son and his wife invited us to go with them and their 1-year-old to the Color Factory. When we looked to see what the Color Factory was, we were sure that the baby would not enjoy himself at all, and that it might be a miserable experience. But because we love our child and seeing our grandson we accepted the invitation. We were wrong. All five of us had a fabulous time! We went on a Sunday right when it opened, so it was a little busy at first. But you can take as much time as you like and I don't even know how long we spent there. But most of the time we were just the five of us and were really having a blast. It's kind of like a fun house, art exhibit, senses experience. Not to mention that there are little treats along the way. I think that we all had our own favorite section but they were all wonderful. My husband and I did not join in at the ball pit. It really isn't a pit - it was more like a pool, it is so big and has two slides. Our grandson was having a fabulous time! To see our son and daughter-in-law enjoying themselves being parents while acting like kids themselves, was a bonus. My favorite part was the ribbon room. I think it was called something about the woods. It kind of was like being in a dark woods. It is a good-sized room - really dark on one end and not as dark on the other end. But once everybody split up on their separate ways, we couldn't see each other in there unless they were within a foot or so. It was really incredible.

    I'm sure this experience isn't for everyone but we enjoyed it. If you appreciate art, love laughter, like having your picture taken while you're being silly and have a favorite color, I think you will enjoy it.

    Because this was a treat from our family, we do not know how much it cost and we did not look it up because that might ruin the kids' gift for us. The day we went was my husband's birthday, our grandson's first birthday and my husband and I were celebrating our 34th anniversary. The kids got us special birthday bags which included a picture that was printed there at the color factory in the gift shop after exiting the exhibits. The pictures are of nice quality and if you register yourself correctly ( my husband and I failed to do this) and scan a QR code each time you take a picture they will email them to you so you can print off whichever ones you like on your own time or add them to a photo book or whatever you want to do with them.

    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Tawnee C
    Rockford, IL11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a charming and quirky little museum just south of Lincoln Park. It's not very big, but the admission price is very affordable. If you have any interest in health sciences or medicine, this is a must see. I most enjoyed the different skulls in the cabinet of curiosities, but the jars of gallstones and kidney stones was also quite something to behold. Definitely recommend. You will come away having learned quite a bit about the history of medicine and the surgical sciences.
    Written 30 May 2023
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