The Chicago History Museum is Temporarily Closed
Stay safe, Chicago.
In support of Illinois’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Chicago History Museum will temporarily close to the public beginning Friday, November 20, until further notice. The health of our visitors and staff is our top priority, and we will follow the guidance from the city and state on when it is safe for us to welcome visitors back into our spaces.
We continue to be inspired by the resilience of our city and its communities. As we journey through this moment in history, we thank you for the continued support of the Chicago History Museum and our mission to share Chicago stories. We can’t wait to see you again in person.
Our building may be closed, but you can still experience Chicago History at home through our online collections and exhibitions, virtual tours, VR experiences, family-friendly activities and educational resources, and so much more. Explore our virtual event calendar and our digital resources.
Chicago history is available to you 24/7 thanks to our numerous online resources.
- Explore our offerings on Google Arts & Culture
- See Chicago history through augmented and virtual reality experiences
- Take a close look at select artifacts
- Listen to interviews with Studs Terkel
- Peruse images from our research collection
- Engage with classroom resources
- Read the Encyclopedia of Chicago
- Download our free Zoom backgrounds
- Search the vast holdings of the Chicago Collections Consortium
- Conduct research on ProQuest (account required)
- Do an online puzzle
Follow us on social media.
Help us continue to share Chicago stories
Even with the Museum closed, our dedicated staff is working to create educational resources for families and teachers, sharing content to connect us with our past, and actively collecting our community’s images, stories, artifacts, and experiences to help future generations understand what living through this COVID-19 crisis was like. Please consider making a gift that will allow us to continue caring for our city’s artifacts and sharing Chicago’s stories now and for generations to come.
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*Last updated November 19, 2020. Information on this page may change as the situation develops.