Chicago is not only known as the “Windy City,” but also known for its remarkable number of museums that allow visitors a chance to be exposed to some of the history that makes Chicago so unique as well as seeing art from other parts of the world. One might ask with all of these museums, how do you narrow it down to a select few that make a “must see” list for a visitor. The following are the five best that have made an impression with visitors for quite a long time.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art will be amazed at plenty of offerings that the museum has for visitors. One of these was the David Bowie Is exhibit that saw one of the most visited exhibits in quite some time. The best part of this museum is that you are bound to see something new each and every time that you visit the museum. The hours of the museum are 10-8 on Tuesdays and 10-6 Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.
Chicago History Museum
Ever wanted to know the history that made Chicago the titan of a city that it is? This is your chance to see for yourself how Chicago went from just a settlement to a city that has positioned itself as one of the major metropolitan of the country. The interactive exhibits will allow parents and children alike the chance to discover the history of this great city. Admission is very affordable as it costs $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors with children under 12 admitted free.
Smart Museum of Art
Just by the name of this museum, you would think it would be filled with a bunch of intellectuals, instead, it is named after the brothers of Alfred and David Smart who, as you may not know, were the publishers of Esquire magazine. Here you will find a collection consisting of more than 10,000 pieces of Asian and European art. There is also part of this 10,000 pieces, modern, contemporary, and design art that feature some of the more recognizable names in art and design. Admission is free to all so that alone makes it an excellent bargain.
National Museum of Mexican Art
This is a must visit stop if you are in Chicago in the fall months. One of the biggest reasons for this is due to the fact that they have a Day of the Dead exhibit that is a must see. Being one of the largest cultural centers in the country, this is the place to go if you are wanting to learn all about the Mexican culture. After you finish visiting the museum, you can dine at one of the nearby restaurants that have food to die for. Admission to the museum is free and the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 till 5:00.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
This museum started out with a different name back in 1857. Back then it was known as the Chicago Academy of Sciences. In 1999 it became the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Here is a classic example of a museum being concerned about the environment before it was cool to do so. One of the top attractions is the 75 species of butterflies that amount to more than 1000 total. This is one of the nation’s best museums to help kids learn all about the environment and the animals that make up a large part of it. The best part of all of this is that admission is totally free to everyone.