The Most Popular Museums in Chicago
Besides being known for its famous skyscrapers, world-class restaurants, and outstanding music traditions, millions of tourists flock to Chicago’s museums each year. Housing renowned works of art, cultural artifacts, and aquatic displays, the Windy City’s museums are another attraction worth exploring after you’ve enjoyed one of the Chicago Architecture Tours available through Shoreline Sightseeing.
Chicago Museums You Have to See
One of the best things about Chicago museums is the sheer variety of what you will find. They are all family friendly, offer special night events, and even free days throughout the year.
- The Museum of Science and Industry – Built in 1893 as the only permanent building for the historic Columbian Exposition, this sprawling marble structure houses a variety of wonders for kids and adults to enjoy. Popular attractions include an actual U-505 submarine, a simulated coal mine, a whispering gallery, and much more.
- Shedd Aquarium – With over 2 million visitors annually, the Shed Aquarium is a great place to learn about the wet and wild creatures of the world. With over 32,000 live animals on display, there are many interactive exhibits—guests can even touch gentle stingrays, like the cownose ray or yellow spotted ray. The Oceanarium is worth a view, too, because it is the largest indoor mammal facility in the world.
- The Field Museum of Natural History – Located a short walk away from the Sheed Aquarium, the Field Museum also has its roots in Columbian Exposition of 1893 and houses many of the original cultural artifacts that were on display back then. Some popular current exhibits include the Grainger Hall of Gems, twenty-three human mummies, and the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil.
- The Art Institute of Chicago – A short drive or bus ride north to the southern edge of Millennium Park will land museumgoers on the steps of the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago. The second largest art museum in the U.S., it holds more than 260,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of human history. People flock to see famous paintings from many Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and well-known American artists.
Schedule Your Chicago Architecture Tour Today
If you need a rest after walking through one of the many museums in the Windy City, take a Chicago Architecture Tour to learn about the legendary giants of glass and steel that make up this city’s iconic skyline. Review our schedule, and let Shoreline Sightseeing open your eyes to the wonders of Chicago.