Chicago stands out among American cities as a gem of culture and learning, with a number of world-renowned museums, art galleries, and educational institutions spread across the city. From the Field Museum, housing a variety of archaeological and anthropological findings, to the internationally-recognized collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, you can find our guide to the best museums in Chicago below.

Field Museum

When you enter the doors of the Field Museum, you’ll meet Sue the T. Rex, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered. From here, the Field Museum experience begins, with a number of artifacts and dioramas tracing the chapters of human history.

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago is home to the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, showcasing feats in robotics, World War II machines, and much more. Don’t miss out on the full-size replica coal mine and an original German U-Boat within the museum’s walls.

5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414  

Art Institute of Chicago

This is the standard for art museums in Chicago. With Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks within this large collection, the Art Institute of Chicago is required visiting for any art aficionado during your Chicago museum tour.

111 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600

Chicago Children’s Museum

Perfect for kids and adults alike, the Chicago Children’s Museum features a number of hands-on exhibits and activities designed to provide an educational experience for younger visitors. Located at Navy Pier, this is a perfect destination for family travelers.

700 E Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-1000