Learn something new, go back in time or appreciate the beauty of artwork with these new museum exhibits in Chicago.



Van Gogh's Bedrooms at The Art Institute of Chicago

Opened December 2015 - New Permanent Exhibit 
The New Contemporary | Art Institute of Chicago

Presenting the largest gift ever received by the Art Institute of Chicago, the addition of 44 works by legendary contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein and Jasper Johns transforms the permanent contemporary art collection with paintings, sculptures and photography.

Open through March 27, 2016
Pop Art Design | Museum of Contemporary Art
Explore the bold and colorful realm through not only Warhol and the works of his peers, but also through its influence in the look of chairs, sofas, lamps, and even architecture during the culturally ebullient 1960s and 1970s. A complementary exhibition in the adjoining gallery — The Street, The Store, and the Silver Screen: Pop Art from the MCA Collection — celebrates the MCA's holdings of seminal pop art.

January 25 - April 10, 2016
MoCP at 40 | Museum of Contemporary Photography

In celebration of the MoCP's 40th anniversary, this diverse chronological assemblage of photographs from the permanent collection will showcase photographs of important cultural and historical moments, as well as rarely seen ephemera from artists, such as letters and personal objects.

February 14 - May 10, 2016 
Van Gogh's Bedrooms | Art Institute of Chicago
Experience Van Gogh's quest for home when you peruse three distinct pieces that he painted from 1888 to 1889, all depicting his now-iconic bedroom. This collection showcases approximately 36 works by Van Gogh, including illustrations, paintings and personal ephemera. 



Dressing Downton at The Driehaus Museum

February 9 - May 8, 2016
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times | Driehaus Museum

In celebration of the sixth and final season of British period drama Downton Abbey, this exhibit displays more than 35 costumes using original fabrics and embellishments from the early 1900s, as well as recreated pieces. Alongside sumptuous fashion, learn about the dramatic social changes that occurred during this time period in Britain. 

February 21 - August 28, 2016
Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936 | Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

A cornerstone event for Nazi propaganda, the 1936 Summer Olympic Games served as a tool for Nazi Germany to amaze spectators while diverting attention from the regime's plans for expansion and antisemitic strategies. This exhibit explores powerful themes and connects them to present day issues.

March 4, 2016 - January 8, 2017
China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors 
The Field Museum
Guarding Qin Shihuangdi's tomb, an army of larger-than-life terracotta archers, officers and infantrymen stand watch for eternity. Stand among these soldiers, and get a glimpse into the life of the first emperor of China, who ordered the construction of the Great Wall of China and set up the initial infrastructure for a powerful empire. This awe-inspiring exhibit is the only place to see these famed warriors in North America this year.

Opens April 9, 2016 
Undying Words: Lincoln 1858-1865 | 
Chicago History Museum
Examine five important speeches by Abraham Lincoln to delve into his evolving views on important social and cultural topics, such as slavery and racial equality. This exhibit also features personal artifacts from the former president, including his presidential carriage and his death bed.



Standbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

February 6 - May 1, 2016
Standbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen | Chicago Cultural Center
Science, art, engineering and performance come together in this exhibition's first major American tour. Browse kinetic sculptures paired with artist drawings, videos and photographs, and catch these creations in motion with daily performances showcasing the Dream Machines' spectacular movement. 

Opens March 10, 2016 
Brick by Brick | Museum of Science and Industry 

LEGO-lovers and architecture aficionados alike will find plenty to marvel at within this new exhibit, featuring more than 12 massive LEGO structures, from a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge to the Roman Coliseum to the International Space Station. This special exhibit also offers hands-on building areas and interactive experiences.

Opens March 19, 2016
What Is a Planet? | Adler Planetarium

As new information becomes available, science evolves with it, and this exhibition explores the history of the changing definition of the word "planet" from ancient times to today.  


Photo credits: 
Vincent van Gogh. The Bedroom, 1888. Oil on canvas; 72x90cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Vincent van Gogh. The Bedroom, 1889. Oil on canvas; 73.6x92.3cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.417.
Vincent van Gogh. The Bedroom, September 1889. Oil on canvas; 57.3x90.7 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, RF 19592.
Downton Abbey® Season 1, 1914. Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, and Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece.
White silk day dress and coat with black trim and light cream linen suit worn by Robert and Cora Crawley in Season 1. Costume courtesy of Cosprop.
Maid's uniform of black dress with white apron. Worn by Joanne Froggatt as Anna Smith, Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks, Rose Leslie as Gwen Dawson, and Clare Calbraith as Jane Moorsum. Costume courtesy of Cosprop.
Animaris Umerus, Scheveningen beach, Netherlands (2009). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der Klis.


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Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-3316

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

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 967-4800

Driehaus Museum
40 E. Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 482-8933

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

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