Masks required in Abakanowicz Research Center; optional for rest of Museum MORE

Ask a Curator Day

How do you become a curator? What exactly do you do with artifacts? Which artifact do you wish could talk? You can ask these questions and more during the tenth annual Ask a Curator Day on Wednesday, September 16! We’re excited to take part in this global event in which staff members from members from More

A Look into CHM’s Fur Vault

Take a peek inside the Chicago History Museum’s fur vault with costume collections intern Amanda Cacich. During the past six months, I’ve worked extensively with the objects in the Museum’s fur vault, which is essentially a walk-in refrigerator. I was tasked with completing an inventory of the vault’s contents, which meant several weeks of going More

Some Big Shoulder Pads to Fill

Costume curator Petra Slinkard reflects on the life of Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone. I distinctly remember the day when I came across these shoulder pads in costume storage. Collections manager Jessica Pushor and I were pulling objects for an upcoming private tour, and they caught my eye. I wanted to pull something that would More