An Insider’s Guide To Exploring Chicago Museums

Did you know that the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found lives somewhere in Chicago? (Keep reading to find out where!) It was bought for a whopping, record-breaking $8.4 million in 1997 by a museum in Illinois.

Chicago’s known for some fantastic things — deep-dish pizza; Chicago dogs; jazz — but we bet you didn’t know how many amazing Chicago museums there are, waiting to be explored!

Are you planning a move or a visit to the Chicago area this year? Then you have to add these museums to your must-see list. They’re fun, engaging, historical — something for the entire family to enjoy.

Chicago Museums to Put on Your Must-Visit List

Okay, history, science, and art lovers! Where to first?

Since we’ve already hinted at it, we’ll start with Sue.

Who’s that? The largest T-rex!

1. The Field Museum

This museum is famous for housing the beautiful, towering Sue, a 40-foot-long and 90%-complete fossil skeleton. But The Field Museum has much, much more to offer, scaling 4.6 billion years of natural history!

Here you can see Illinois’ state fossil (the Tully Monster), a 3.2-million-year-old hominid named Lucy, and more from the Precambrian era and beyond!

2. Art Insitute of Chicago

The building alone, sitting near beautiful Millennium Park and guarded by two bronze lions, is an art piece! Founded in 1879, this historical museum is now lauded as Chicago’s #1 museum. 

This museum, connected with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, are internationally recognized as two of the leading fine-arts institutions in America! You don’t get a title like that without housing a diverse collection that spans centuries.

3. Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)

MSI is “dedicated to making curiosity feel at home.” In other words, it’s the place you can always go to feel free, creative, and curious like a kid!

This museum is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere. But it doesn’t even care about those walls. In fact, it works to provide moments of discovery beyond those walls.

It’s fantastic exhibits include, but are not limited to:

  • Apollo 11
  • The ocean and its creatures
  • An interactive walk-through of U-505 (the only German submarine in the U.S.)
  • Tornado Alley
  • Coal mine: descending a mine shaft, riding the rails, and more
  • A manufacturing lab
  • A baby chick hatchery that studies genetics

And that’s not even close to all the greatness that this museum has to offer. Whether you’d like just to observe, walk by, or have an interactive, hands-on day, MSI’s got your group covered.

Museum Must-Sees

Don’t take our word for it that these Chicago museums are phenomenal and awe-inspiring. Instead, see for yourself! And don’t hesitate to Google more — Chicago is rife with history, art, and culture.

After all your museum perusing, you’ll need a bite to eat. Grab some energy for a day of exploration at one of Chicago’s best dining spots.

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