Top Museums in Chicago to Visit During Your Trip

Chicago’s diverse and unique museums are one of the main reasons tourists visit The Windy City. How can you skip a chance to see any of these institutions when they quite literally have a Museum Campus in the middle of the city?

Ob Sie ein Kunst-, Geschichts- oder Architekturliebhaber sind oder sich für Wissenschaft und Tierwelt interessieren, auf unserer Liste finden Sie ein lehrreiches und unterhaltsames Museum.

If you’re planning a vacation to Chicago, our local experts put together a list of the top Chicago museums to consider adding to your itinerary.

Our ultimate museum guide includes…

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Das Field Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • und mehr

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The Art Institute of Chicago

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This world-renowned art museum is a must-see for any visit to Chicago. Consistently ranked as the best museum in the United States, The Art Institute of Chicago is home to some of the most sought-out art in the world.

Browse through impressive collections ranging from modern photography to medieval armor and ancient artifacts. The museum also hosts several vibrant and continually changing exhibitions in addition to their permanent collections.

See James Webb: Prayer, a celebration by the South African artist of spiritual affinity in Chicago, or Rosalind Nashashibi: Vivian’s Garden that depicts the relationship between mother and daughter.

Einige der berühmtesten Kunstwerke, die man dort sehen kann, sind Georgia O'Keeffes "Black Cross, New Mexico", die Buntglasfenster von Chagall "America Windows", Matisse "Bathers by a River", Georges Seurats "A Sunday Afternoon on" die Insel La Grande Jatte, "Edward Hopper" Nighthawks, und vieles mehr.

Be sure not to leave before stopping in the Thorne Miniature Rooms, 68 European rooms recreated on a one-inch-to-one-foot scale!

Insider tip: download the museum’s Mobile App to plan your visit and learn more about the art you see.

Getting in: The Art Institute of Chicago Museum tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Das Field Museum

In diesem berühmten Museum für Wissenschaft und Anthropologie reisen Sie zurück in die Vergangenheit und in die ganze Welt. Treffen Sie Sue, das weltweit größte und berühmteste T-Rex Skelett, und entdecken Sie mehr als 35 andere weltberühmte Exponate.

Walk through Underground Adventure, where everything is 100 times its normal size, or discover 23 Egyptian mummies at the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibit. You can even explore 10,000 years of Chinese history and culture all in one place.

It’s the perfect place for adults and kids alike, as it combines story telling with fun and interactive exhibits. Examine DNA in the DNA Discovery Center, partake in DIY projects, and explore the culture and artifacts of civilizations all over the world.

At the Field Museum, you’ll learn to understand and appreciate the diversity of the world in which we live.

Getting in: The Field Museum tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Museum of Science and Industry

Recently named one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere and the only remaining building from the famous 1893 World’s Fair.

Visitors will enjoy the interactive, hands-on exhibitions and will be able to explore over 35,000 artifacts that call the 14 acre museum home. You can see a real WWII German submarine, control a 40-foot tornado, descend into an Illinois coal mine, and more.

Some of the can’t-miss exhibitions at the museum include Science Storms, which gives you the chance to explore the science behind some of nature’s most powerful phenomena; YOU! The Experience, which showcases what it means to live a healthy life; and the U-505 Submarine, the only place you can step inside the only German U-boat in the United States.

Getting in: Museum of Science and Industry tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Chicago History Museum

Chicago-History-Museum-1Wenn Sie neugierig auf Chicagos Vergangenheit, Gegenwart oder Zukunft sind, ist die Chicago History Museum eine Attraktion Sie nicht verpassen können.

The museum’s goal is to illuminate the past in order to help us understand the present and shape the future. The building houses 22 million artifacts and documents pertaining to Chicago and U.S. history. Collections include architecture, costumes, archives and manuscripts, decorative and industrial arts, and prints and photographs.

See how the Great Chicago Fire changed the city forever, explore themed galleries that tell the story of Chicagoans in Chicago: Crossroads of America, and take the kids over to Sensing Chicago, where they can make themselves into a giant Chicago-style hotdog or become part of a Chicago postcard.

Several hands-on galleries make the museum a great place for history buffs and kids alike. Create, construct, and test your own Chicago-style bridge or act out the city’s history on the museum’s front steps.

Getting in: Chicago History Museum tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Museum of Contemporary Art

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The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is proudly one of the nation’s largest facilities dedicated to current art. It’s the residence of an expansive collection of contemporary artwork in painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance.

You’ll see lots of works of art by living artists and get insight into the creative process, learning more about new trends in artistic expression across all forms of media. The museum features innovative exhibits, a 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a fabulous view of Lake Michigan.

Explore showcases like Enrico David: Gradations of Slow, which explores the Italian artist’s collection of pieces that revolve around the human figure as a fragile, vulnerable vessel. Or try to the colorful display of paintings by Federico Herrero in Atrium Project.

Getting in: Museum of Contemporary Art tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Führung durch das Haus und Studio von Frank Lloyd Wright

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Take a tour of the private residence and studio that once belonged to the world-famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Sein Haus ist ein Ergebnis von Wrights architektonischen Experimenten mit den ikonischen Designkonzepten, die zu seiner Architekturphilosophie wurden. Sie werden sehen, sein Zuhause, und die Anlage, in der es sich befindet, die besteht aus 29 Von seinen eigenen Gebäuden entwarf die größte Konzentration von Frank Lloyd Wright Gebäude in der Welt.

This is a must-see attraction for any architecture enthusiast. It’s a chance to see the personal and professional spaces in which this architectural genius worked and lived.

Getting in: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Robie House

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Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, the Robie House is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture.

Designed in Wright’s Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, the building is both a masterpiece of the prairie style and renowned as a forerunner of modernism in architecture – a must-see for any architecture buffs.

Tours of the site offer both a first-hand experience of its amazingly contemporary spaces and the current restoration work that is returning the house to its original appearance. It is also the perfect complement to your visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

Getting in: Robie House tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Chicago Children’s Museum

Chicago Children's Museum exterior in May 2016

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Located right at Navy Pier, the Chicago Children’s Museum is geared towards kids’ education enrichment.

Kids can build a skyscraper, climb a tree house, fish in a river, create art, and more. They’ll enjoy the chance to explore a realistic firehouse in Play it Safe!, they can dig about for fossils in Dinosaur Exposition, and they can even use real lab materials to tinker with technology at the Tinkering Lab.

There’s always something go on at the Children’s Museum, check the calendar online to plan your visit around any special events.

Getting in: Chicago’s Children Museum tickets are included on Go Chicago Card.

Adler Planetarium

Explore the universe at Adler Planetarium, located right in Museum Campus, and learn about all things space. You’ll travel 91-billion light years across the universe, all from the safety of Chicago’s premier planetarium.

Adler Planetarium is the perfect place to take the kids if you’re looking for something educational that will still be loads of fun for them. Each exhibit is interactive, allowing kids and adults alike to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Something big is out there; join the search for a new ninth planet in Planet Nine. Crawl, climb and fly through Planet Explorers, a modern-day space adventure for kids and families. Take a fast-paced tour of your cosmic backyard in Destination Solar System. You can even look inside the historic Gemini 12 spacecraft and experience the Apollo missions through the eyes of Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr. and his family in Mission Moon.

In addition to a never-ending list of awesome exhibits to check out, you can also catch a showing at the Atwood Sphere Experience. Choose from a myriad of planetarium shows that will have you feeling you’re actually traveling through space and time.

Getting in: Adler Planetarium tickets are included on the Go Chicago Card All-Inclusive Pass.

American Writers Museum

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the American Writers Museum is home to interactive exhibits and programs that put all genres of writing on display. Recently named one of the 10 Best New Museums in the World by Fodor’s, it’s a must-see for any literature lover.

From typewriters to touchscreens, the museum offers something for visitors of all ages. The American Writers Museum strives to educate the public about writers of the past and present through interactive and captivating displays and exhibits.

The museum offers six permanent exhibits, like A Nation of Writers, where you can explore over 100 authors’ pieces, and The Mind of a Writer, where you can try to get inside the mind and emotions of the world’s most notorious writers.

Getting in: The American Writers Museum tickets are included on Go Chicago Card.

Richard H. Driehaus Museum

The Sculpture Gallery of the Driehaus Museum

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Erfahren Sie mehr über Chicagos "Gilded Age" im Driehaus Museum, das im restaurierten, 1883 Palast von Samuel Mayo Nickerson, einem wohlhabenden Bankier aus Chicago.

Sie werden alles über die Stile des Designs, der Architektur und des Dekors erfahren, die in der Jugendstil-Ära populär waren. Dieses Museum beherbergt auch eine der größten Sammlungen von Arbeiten von Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Einsteigen: Der Eintritt ist separat und nicht auf der Go Chicago Card enthalten.

Chicago Cultural Center

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A national landmark itself, the Chicago Cultural Center offers a wealth of historical and cultural information about Chicago with more than 2,000 exhibitions, concerts, and performances, featuring performance, visual, and literary arts.

Das Chicago Cultural Centre konzentriert sich von der Geschichte bis zur Gegenwart auf Werke von Künstlern, die unterrepräsentiert sind, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf Chicago liegt.

The building itself was built to showcase Chicago’s status as a thriving metropolis in 1897. It was designed by some of the world’s leading architects and houses the world’s largest Tiffany stained glass dome.

Einsteigen: Der Eintritt in das Chicago Cultural Center ist kostenlos.

Chicago Orientalisches Institut

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Run by the University of Chicago, the Chicago Oriental Institute explores the history, art, and archaeology of the Near East.

Sie werden permanente Ausstellungen mit Exponaten aus den Grabungen aus dem alten Ägypten, Nubien, Persien, Mesopotamien, Syrien, Anatolien und der antiken Stadt Megiddo sehen. Das Chicago Oriental Institute beherbergt nicht nur permanente Ausstellungen, sondern auch Ausstellungen zum Thema Rotation.

Einsteigen: Der Eintritt ist separat und nicht auf der Go Chicago Card enthalten.

Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Machen Sie eine kostenlose tägliche Führung durch das Money Museum der Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago und erfahren Sie alles über die Rolle des Federal Reserve Systems und der Chicago Fed.

Einsteigen: Der Eintritt zum Money Museum ist kostenlos und steht der Öffentlichkeit täglich zur Verfügung, mit Ausnahme von nationalen Feiertagen.

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