Museums in Northwest Indiana & Chicago

Museums in Northwest Indiana & Chicago

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7408 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303
(219) 390-9423
The museum is housed in the 100-year old historic Lassen's hotel and features interesting exhibits from Cedar Lake's resort era and much more. It is open Thursday through Sunday afternoons from May-September with many special events throughout the summer. Admission is free. Special tours are available anytime from May-October with advance reservations.
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201 S Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319
Open on Sundays from 2-4pm, from Mid-June to the end of August.

1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN 46350
(219) 778-2783
Three different railroads for your family to ride and huge machines working hard to entertain and educate your family. Each of our three railroads have their own story. The full size railroad is of very rare narrow gauge equipment from many counties which was used to haul freight and/or passengers for commerce. Our largest locomotive is a Shay type that hauled logs out of the mountains in the West. The medium sized vintage Kiddieland railroad provided entertainment as part of small amusement parks from the 1920s through the 1970s. One more small railroad (one-eighth scale) takes your family through the woods and on an under/over bridge route that is fun for “kids” of all ages. These trains are built by craftsmen and some even operate on steam power just like the full sized locomotives. These trains are quite an interesting hobby!
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Clifford Pierce Middle School
199 East 70th Avenue, Merrillville, IN
(219) 650-5486
The Merrillville Community Planetarium is part of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, a K-12 public school system in Northwest Indiana. The Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School. We provide programming for Merrillville classes, outside groups, and the public. Bring the family to explore the moon during our summer public show. Public programs start at 7:30 p.m. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before show time. No one is admitted after the program starts. Programs last from 60 to 90 minutes.
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153 Franklin St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 465-3595
Scheduled tours are consistently offered at the PoCo Muse and are tailored to the age group and focus of the patrons participating. Standard tours last about 45 minutes to an hour, traveling through the entirety of the Porter County Museum, detailing the history of the building as well as the exhibits on display. Tours given during regular public hours (Wednesday-Saturday from 10a-5p) are free of charge, but must be scheduled in advance. For school groups, PoCo Muse staff can provide scavenger hunts or other activities, and will work with educators to develop a Museum visit that highlights classroom topics.
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1 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 872-6133
Built in 1858, the old lighthouse had a lantern with a light that could be seen from 15 miles. It is the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana. The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time. Self-guided and audio tours as well as docent-led tours are available. The last tour each day begins at 3:30 PM Central Time. Call the museum at (219) 872-6133 to check on special hours, closings, or to book tours. Strollers are not allowed in the museum.
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19100 Chase St, Lowell, IN 46356
The Calumet Astronomical Society operates the Thomas Conway Observatory, located just southeast of Lowell, Indiana. Like many good ideas, this one started small and just keeps growing. Conway Observatory is open to the public during specific dates and times. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, call the CAS Hotline 773-639-5491 before visiting.
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Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827
The mission of the Adler Planetarium is to inspire exploration and understanding of our Universe.
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Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600
From popular Rembrandt masterpieces to recent works by lesser-known artists, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the finest art collections in the world. Spanning centuries of human creativity, exhibits include a distinguished collection of prints and drawings, an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculptures, photographs, Asian, African and American arts, architectural drawings, textiles and more. Many pieces are on loan from the famed Terra Foundation for American Art. Educational programs and guided museum tours are available. Art books, reproductions, postcards and other items are available in the museum shop. Free public lectures are given during weekends.
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Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 582-6500
Founded in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture. The Museum celebrates the notable achievements of Lithuanian Americans, the Lithuanian nation, and Lithuanian communities world wide. The Balzekas Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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Bronzeville Children's Museum
9301 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 721-9301
A museum in the southern side of Chicago, it is the first and only African American children’s museum in the country
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Charnley-Persky House Museum
1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 915-0105
The Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national, and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life.
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Chicago Children's Museum
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-1000
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect
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Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
The Museum continues to share the stories of the city and its people through exhibitions, programs, publications, and digital media. Thousands of school groups from Chicago and the surrounding area visit annually. The Research Center serves thousands each year, from schoolchildren working on History Fair projects to PhD students writing dissertations to filmmakers researching documentaries.
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Chicago Maritime Museum
1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 376-1982
Located on the historical Bubbly Creek, the Chicago Maritime Museum is the only museum that tells the story of how Chicago was founded and shaped based solely by waterways. The first European explorers to settle on the land of what is now Chicago, Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette, sparked the beginning age of Chicago becoming one of the busiest sea ports in this nation. The Museum features replicas of Schooner ships, such as the famous David Dows, artifacts uncovered from the Eastland Dissaster, the biggest fatal ship sinking in Chicago history, the famous Ralph Freese canoe collection, and so much more
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Depaul University Art Museum
2350 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-7457
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DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 947-0600
To promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art.
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Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago IL 60605
(312) 922-9410
The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.
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Glessner House Museum
1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-1480
A National Historic Landmark, Glessner House was designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally-known architectural treasure in Chicago. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to architects such as Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture.
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Halim Time & Glass Museum
1560 Oak Ave. Evanston, IL 60201
(224) 714-5600
Halim Time & Glass Museum houses over 1100 time pieces and over 70 stained glass pieces of art. The building is five stories tall and is filled with history, art and the study of time.
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Illinois Holocaust Museum
603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 967-4800
The mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is perhaps best expressed in our founding principle: Remember the Past, Transform the Future. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.
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International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-6502
The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries committed to the history of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine. The Museum supports its Mission through medically thematized exhibitions and programs, in addition to a strong contemporary art exhibition program.
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Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 243-9088
Intuit is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991. Our mission is to celebrate the power of outsider art. Intuit defines "intuitive and outsider art" as work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions. This includes what is known as art brut, non-traditional folk art, self-taught art, and visionary art.
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Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 S Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 833-1616
The Lizzadro Museum displays gemstone treasures, antiques to modern, with a blending of earth science exhibits.
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Loyola University Museum of Art
1200 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
(312) 915-7600
The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) was founded in 2005 on the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago. LUMA is located on the Magnificent Mile in Lewis Towers, a historic 1926 Gothic Revival building. The museum, with 25,000 square feet contains eight main exhibition galleries, the William G. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall, the Solomon Cordwell Buenz Library of Sacred Art and Architecture, the Museum Shop, the Push Pin Gallery, and the Harlan J. Berk Ltd. Works on Paper Gallery.
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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
2600 Central Park Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 475-1030
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the United States and Canada. It promotes public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.
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Museum of Broadcast Communications
360 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 245-8200
The mission of The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform, and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications, and online access to its resources.
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Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2660
Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or noncollecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs.
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Museum of Science & Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414
Providing unique experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity since 1933.
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National Hellenic Museaum
333 South Halsted Street, Chicago IL, 60661
(312) 655-1234
The mission of the museum is to share the legacy of Hellenism and to preserve the stories and honor the contributions to the United States of Greek immigrants and Americans of Greek heritage.
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National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 738-1503
Come to The National Museum of Mexican Art, where you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago. Whatever your background, you’ll connect to this museum on a very personal level.
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Northwestern Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-4000
The Block is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern and its surrounding communities, featuring a global exhibition program that crosses time periods and cultures and serves as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to our lives today. The museum also commissions new work by artists to foster connections between artists and the public through the creative process. Each year, the Block mounts exhibitions; organizes and hosts lectures, symposia, and workshops involving artists, scholars, curators, and critics; and screens classic and contemporary films at its in-house cinema. The museum also reaches national and international audiences through its traveling exhibitions, publications and website. Its growing permanent collection of approximately 6,000 works focuses primarily on prints, photography, and drawings.
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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 755-5100
Known for its iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and providing more hands-on science instruction than any other museum in Chicago, the Nature Museum has become one of the city's most attended institutions. The Nature Museum has given visitors the opportunity to create an authentic connection to nature, and has provided the Academy with a new opportunity to build on its legacy of hands-on science education, scientific research, and citizen science.
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Pritzker Military Museum
104 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60603
The Mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the citizen soldier in the preservation of democracy.
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Renaissance Society Museum
5811 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-8670
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. “The Ren”—as we are known by many—is an independent, non-collecting museum driven by an uncompromising commitment to artists and their ideas. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.
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Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0200
AN INTIMATE MUSEUM FOR BOLD ENCOUNTERS WITH ART. As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart is home to thought-provoking exhibitions and an exquisite collection of more than 15,000 objects, including modern masterpieces, millennia-old Chinese artworks, rich examples of European painting, and provocative works of contemporary art.
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Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St., Chicago Illinois, IL 60640
(773) 728-8111
The Swedish American Museum thrives on the generosity of donors and volunteers. Nearly all of the artifacts in our collections have been donated by individuals, businesses and organizations. The Swedish American Museum collects items that contribute to the narrative we tell about immigration, the Swedish communities here in North America, and Swedish and Swedish-American culture.
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The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
99 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 977-0227
The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum celebrates the Chicago River and its world-famous movable bridges. Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse.
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The Oriental Institute
1155 E 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-9514
The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.
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The American Toby Jug Museum
910 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
(877) 862-9687
The American Toby Jug Museum houses over 8000 Toby and Character jugs in ninety-seven cabinets, and is the largest collection of its kind in the world. Tracing the development of the Toby Jug and its derivative the Character Jug from its origin in the mid 18th Century into the present 21st Century, major sub-collections include over 300 antique Toby Jugs, the World’s finest collection of French majolica pitchers, a superb collection of Royal Bayreuth German jugs, complete collections of over one hundred fifty 20th Century makers, and the World’s largest collection of more than 1500 Royal Doulton Character and Toby Jugs and Derivatives. Included herein are the World’s largest Toby (40 inches tall), smallest Toby (3/8 inch), and certainly one of the oldest (c. 1760).
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Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W. Chicago, Ave., Chicago IL 60622
(773) 227-5522
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) preserves and promotes contemporary art as a shared expression of the Ukrainian and American experience. UIMA develops, utilizes and encourages artistic talent through exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures and films to serve the cultural needs of our community and city, and thereby strengthen cultural understanding and diversity.
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Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 421-8020
The Ukrainian National Museum is a symbol and reminder of the rich culture and history of Ukraine. Established in 1952, this museum houses a large collection of Ukrainian artwork, artifacts, folk costumes and many miscellaneous artifacts which are all related to the Ukrainians and its culture.
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    10701 Olcott Avenue, St. John
    Masses: Sat 5:00pm
    Sun 7:30 | 9:30 | 11:30am
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    Learn to successfully manage your diabetes. Learn about controlling diabetes, healthy eating, and getting the most from monitoring. Click HERE for Details.
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