Museums & Galleries

Chicago is home to several world-class museums, from the Adler Planetarium to the Museum of Science and Industry. Read about each one here, and then pick up a Chicago CityPASS and explore them all in person!

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest museum of its kind and introduces visitors to a whole new realm of art where unusual is the norm.

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

The City Gallery, located inside of Chicago’s historic Water Tower, is definitely worth checking out if you’re shopping along Michigan Avenue. Especially, if you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Gold Coast streets.

The Volo Auto Museum

The Volo Auto Museum

The Volo car museum is one of the most family friendly museums around but it’s also perfect for anyone seeking a quirky, off-the-beaten-path experience. Car buffs, engine aficionados and civilian motorists alike will be wowed by the exhibits.

The Ernest Hemingway Museum

You may think that Oak Park is all Frank Lloyd Wright, all the time. But chances are you missed the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway, famous author and journalist.

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center has one of the most beautiful interiors of any Chicago building. Stop by and admire the stunning architecture and maybe even see what (free!) events are going on this month

FREE! Chicago: Museum Free Days 2011

FREE! Chicago: Museum Free Days 2011

Thrifty Chicagoans know we don’t have to pay top dollar to enjoy the city’s world-class museums. Check out these free entry days to take advantage of all Chicago has to offer!

Clarke House Museum

If you’re a true Chicago history geek, a visit to the city’s oldest residence, the Clarke House, is a must.

The Glessner House Museum

During the late 1880’s in Chicago, having a home on Prairie Avenue, in the now South Loop neighborhood, was a mark of affluence and social status. It was there that prominent Chicago businessman John J. Glessner built his family home in 1887.

Hull House Museum

Jane Addams is regarded as one of the most respected women in history. Addams opened the Hull House in 1889, the first settlement house in the United States. The house is now a museum.

Chicago CityPASS: Discount Attractions

The Chicago CityPASS lets you skip the lines and the high prices! Check out some of the city’s best museums and attractions with this easy discount pass.

The National Veterans Art Museum

The National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, whose pieces are created by veterans, is the only museum of its kind that focuses on the devastating effects of war via an artistic medium.

Chicago Children’s Museum

If you you really want to let the little ones burn some energy for the day, take them to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier — it’s full of tons of great exhibits that are both fun and educational.

Chicago History Museum

Did you know that Chicago was named after an onion? Or that the remote control and 16 inch softball were both invented in Chicago?

Museum of Science and Industry

Spend an entire day exploring this interactive science museum with historic permanent collections and innovative temporary exhibits.