The Chicago History Museum is free on Mondays so come out in March 2010 with the kids and family to see this Chicago museum devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois. Check out the new exhibit on Chinatown or the permanent exhibit Chicago: Crossroads of America. The exhibition Sensing Chicago invites children of all ages to explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. Visit the Sensing Chicago gallery to:
- Ride a high-wheel bicycle down a wood-paved street
- Hear the Great Chicago Fire
- Catch a fly ball at Comiskey Park
- Discover history through your nose with our Smell Map
- Be a Chicago-style hot dog
- Create an oversized postcard of your favorite sights to post on the gallery wall or e-mail to a friend
Whether you are interested in Chicago’s changing economy, challenging crises, diverse neighborhoods, groundbreaking innovations, or lively cultural scene, this museum is a must see! The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. The Museum aims to illuminate the past as a reminder of what really happened once upon a time and as a way to shed light on the present, and compellingly inform the future.
Current exhibits include:
Discover the sights and sounds of Chicago’s Chinatown. The Chicago History Museum’s first multimedia theater experience, My Chinatown is driven by the personal stories of the people who live in the neighborhood and keep its traditions alive.
Chinese immigrants first came to Chicago after 1870, once the railroad they helped build connected the Pacific coast to the Midwest. After decades in downtown, Chicago’s Chinese Americans developed a new Chinatown around the intersection of Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue. Today, a wave of new people and new languages is changing Chinatown.
The voices of My Chinatown tell the story of the neighborhood’s past and present, providing an insider’s view of culinary delights and traditional medicine, the powerful role of family and business associations, and the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
The Museum’s collection of over 22 million artifacts and documents is a rich source for the study of Chicago history, both as urban center and as part of the larger United States.
About the Chicago History Museum:
Chicago’s oldest cultural institution has eight main collection areas:
– Archives and Manuscripts
– Books and other Published Materials
– Decorative and Industrial Arts
– Oral History, Film, and Video
– Paintings and Sculpture
– Prints and Photographs
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street – Chicago, IL
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.