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Temporary Exhibition

Millions of Moments: The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Collection

Featuring 150 images from the Chicago History Museum’s Chicago Sun-Times collection, Millions of Moments is a first look at highlights from five million negatives spanning the 1940s to the early 2000s—one of the largest newspaper photograph collections ever acquired by an American museum. More
Permanent Exhibition

Sensing Chicago

Use your five senses to explore Chicago, uncover the past, and discover that history is all around you. More
Permanent Exhibition

Chicago: Crossroads of America

Climb aboard L car no. 1, visit a jazz club, picture yourself in the fashions of a Marshall Field's store window, and learn what makes Chicago home sweet home. Explore the city's history through a series of galleries that highlight artifacts from the Museum’s remarkable collection. More
Temporary Exhibition

Remembering Dr. King: 1929–1968

Remembering Dr. King: 19291968 invites visitors to walk through a winding gallery that features over 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King’s work and the Civil Rights movement, with a special focus on his time in Chicago. More
Temporary Exhibition

American Medina

This exhibition draws from more than 100 interviews conducted with Muslim Chicagoans sharing their stories of faith, identity, and personal journeys.

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Permanent Exhibition

Facing Freedom in America

Generations of Americans have grappled with the meaning of freedom defined by the nation’s founders. Discover how the quest for equality over the past 200 years has transformed what it means to be free. More
Permanent Exhibition

Lincoln’s Chicago

Abraham Lincoln may have lived in Springfield, but Chicago was his second home and political headquarters during his rise to the White House. This gallery provides a glimpse of the city that Lincoln knew—a dynamic young metropolis on the verge of greatness. More
Permanent Exhibition

The Fifth Star Challenge

If Chicago’s flag had a fifth star, what would it represent? Discover highlights from the city’s past, cast your vote, and see how your choice stacks up. While in the gallery, be sure to look beneath your feet and explore Chicagoland on our wall-to-wall floor map. More
Permanent Exhibition

The Great Chicago Adventure Film

Feel the intensity of the Great Chicago Fire and splendor of the World’s Columbian Exposition. Explore the sights of bustling Maxwell Street in the 1950s and peer down from an I-beam at the top of the Sears Tower in the 1970s. Relive Chicago sports victories and cheer on President Obama during his Grant Park victory speech in this compelling adventure film. More
Permanent Exhibition

Abraham Lincoln

As president, Abraham Lincoln faced our nation's greatest crisis–the Civil War. This installation highlights Lincoln's election in 1860, his leadership during the Civil war, and his tragic assassination. Artifacts on display are from the John and Jeanne Rowe Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Collection. The installation is supported by a gift from The Gupta Family with additional support from the Joyce Foundation in honor of Lawrence N. Hansen.  More
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