Exploring the Windy City: Chicago Museums

Are you a college student in the bustling city of Chicago? Well, some of Chicago’s top attractions are its 67 impressive museums and what better complement to your education than spending a day at Chicago museums. Whether you’re into art, history, or science, there is a collection or gallery for you! So keep reading to learn more about Chicago’s top four museums. 

The Art Institute of Chicago

A lion statue sits and steps in front of the Art Institute of Chicago

The iconic and inviting bronze lion statues sit at the front steps of the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the largest and oldest museums in the United States. There are over 300,000 art pieces, paintings, sculptures, and more in this enormous collection spread across galleries and hallways. You could spend a couple days exploring this magnificent museum, but with only a few hours, you can check their brochure for the most popular exhibits and their locations. From impressionist era art to modern day art, there is an abundance of beautiful pieces to admire and learn about. 


Museum of Science and Industry 

The main way to describe the Museum of Science and Industry is an immersive interactive experience. Most exhibits are hands-on and life-size, such as viewing the world’s largest display of LEGO Art or dissecting a cow eyeball in a laboratory. You can also explore and take a tour of the U-505, the only WWII German submarine in the United States. There are hundreds of fascinating exhibits in this museum that will leave you in awe. 


Field Museum

The skeleton of a tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur in the Field Museum in Chicago

The world’s most complete and preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex, Sue, lives at the Field Museum in Grant Park. From understanding the story of Sue the T-Rex to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, the amount to learn in this museum is extraordinary. Travel across time while learning about cultures from around the world – it’s an experience that leaves a mark on you. 


Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is an enormous building dedicated to works of contemporary art. Visitors can understand the social, cultural, and historical context of these pieces as well as the viewpoints of current and past artists. Their collection includes artwork and media that spans generations from the 1920s to the present. They are well known for their major touring exhibitions that immerse visitors into the time and setting of the artwork.


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