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MUSEUMS

Our museums are famous worldwide for sparking curiosity.

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Science rules at the three great institutions of Chicago's lakefront Museum Campus! Among The Field Museum's 20 million specimens is Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex ever found. The Field offers various guided explorations from 30-45-minute tours of favorite exhibits to the full-day Behind-the-Scenes Tour which of permanent collections, special exhibits, storerooms, libraries, and working laboratories. Group Visits and the comprehensive Tour Operator Planning Toolkit explain discounts on admission and onsite food, free parking, how to arrange special docent presentations, and more.

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is the world's only museum with three full-size planetarium theaters. Explore the universe through special exhibits like Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass (through 2010), regular exhibits and shows including Deep Space Adventure in the world's most technologically advanced theater. See Group Visits for general group information, and check Adler's Food for Thought website for onsite food options.

Get up close with 22,000 aquatic species at Shedd Aquarium. A typical visit to Shedd will allow group members to enjoy the recently renovated Oceanarium and thrilling aquatic show along with a meal at one of Shedd's three onsite eateries. For information on drop-off and parking, making reservations for your group, and more, see Shedd's Group Visit Information.

The Museum of Science and Industry – the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere – has over 800 captivating interactive exhibits. While groups can easily spend a full day at this magnificent museum, plan at least four hours for them to discover MSI's fascinating history and architecture and explore several popular exhibits. Navigational aids help Plan Your Visit for first-timers as well as those making a return trip. Groups information provides reservation, tours, parking, and lunch details plus other handy tips.

The Art Institute of Chicago's stunning permanent collection of paintings, drawings, photography and textiles and outstanding special exhibitions are enhanced by its dazzling architecture, especially in the soaring Modern Wing. Click here to access AIC's group tour information.


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